Friendly help returns Bohn to track
Climbing out of the smoldering remains of his Modified after flipping in a race last month at Daytona, Danny Bohn didn’t think it possible he could repair it in time to vie for his second straight NASCAR Southern Modified Tour victory Saturday at Caraway Speedway.
Not only that, the car was damaged so badly that the New Jersey native who lives in Mooresville and works as fabricator for Ray Evernham was not sure he would be able to race any this season.
But with some help, Bohn will be on the track when the Tour’s season opens with the Charles Kepley 150.
One of his old Modified foes provided a body and another provided parts. Evernham, the former Jeff Gordon crew chief who sponsors Bohn, also helped out.
“We all go race competitively, but a lot of us are friends,” Bohn said. “We try to help each other as much as we can. We’re not big teams. We don’t have a lot of money. In order to keep going, everybody has to help each other out.”
Since drivers usually win races at Caraway in streaks, Bohn has reason to be optimistic about his chances. But, defending series champ George Brunnhoelzl III is the favorite, having won four of the last six and is tied with Lexington’s Brian Loftin for the most Tour victories at Caraway with eight.
Loftin leads the area drivers entered. Others are defending Bowman Gray Stadium champ Tim Brown, Burt and Jason Myers, John Smith, Luke Fleming and Mike Norman. Fleming, a rookie, will be behind the wheel of the car previously driven by his uncle, Frank Fleming, who is cutting back on driving.
ALSO ON TAP
The Modified feature headlines a program that also includes events foe the track’s Late Model, Limited Late Model, Southern Modified Lite, Mini-Stock, Legends Car, Hornet and U-Car division.
Lee Pulliam, the defending NASCAR national short-track champion, won the season-opening 100-lap Late Model feature Sunday, leading 71 laps. Garrett Campbell, Randleman’s Ryan Wilson, Dan Moore and defending track champ Mack Little completed the top five.
High Point resident Travis Swaim began his quest for a second straight UARA-STARS late model championship with a performance that mirrored his luck in 2012.
As happened on several occasions last year, Swaim won the pole at Southern National Speedway He led several laps before losing the lead late. This time, Ronnie Bassett Jr. of Winston-Salem went in front and won as Swaim finished a close second.
HERE AND THERE
The opener for the NASCAR K&N East Series is slated for Saturday at Bristol in a doubleheader with the Nationwide Series. ... Bowman Gray driver Kevin Powell finished third in the PASS South Super Late Model race at Dillon Speedway in South Carolina. ... Scott Macy of Randleman drove to the Top Eliminator title as zMax Dragway decided track champions in four divisions. Driving a 1967 Dodge, Macy covered an eighth-mile in 6.529 seconds with a finish line speed of 94.89 miles an hour.