Bohn Misses $9,000 but Wins Race at Bowman Gray
 

Brandon Ward (04) briefly grabbing the lead away from Danny Bohn (65). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Danny Bohn rolled up at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday aiming to leave with the $9,000 Fans’ Challenge prize money. That didn’t pan out for the former champ – so he grabbed the checkered instead.
            Two years ago, Bohn was the 2014 champion in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. Due to changing work obligations, he hasn’t had the opportunity to race regularly at the Madhouse. So far this season, Bohn competed in the opening night 200-lapper where he finished third despite being down two laps at one point.
            But Bohn made a special effort to be at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday to compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 100. Just like each 100-lapper this season, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 100 offered daring drivers the chance to take on the Fans’ Challenge and start in the rear for a chance to win a large prize pool. With the challenge not having been completed so far this season, the prize pool was up to a healthy $9,000.
            Only the top four qualifiers have the option of taking on the challenge, and Bohn qualified a disappointing 11th. “We came over here trying to do the Fans’ Challenge, but we didn’t qualify in the top four. We were just real loose,” said Bohn.
            John Smith of Mount Airy and Lee Jeffreys of Winston-Salem elected to take on the challenge and start in the rear. Every other competitor randomly drew for starting position. In a stroke of good luck, Bohn’s night turned around quickly – he drew the pole for his starting position.

Danny Bohn celebrating in Winner’s Circle after winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts 100. photo by Eric Hylton Photography
            The heat was on from the beginning as a first-lap caution flag led to the first of many double-file restarts. Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem took to the outside and tried to muscle ahead of Bohn. Ward couldn’t make the pass stick – at first.
            On the third restart, some mind games between Bohn and Ward allowed Ward to rocket into the lead. As they moved into turn one, Bohn gave a stiff shot to the bumper of Ward to send him spinning out of the lead he held so briefly. Bohn reclaimed the top spot.
            “I hate it for Brandon Ward,” said Bohn. “I didn’t want to get into him like that. But he jumped the start and I didn’t know if he was going to come down or stay up high. I just got in too high and got in the back of him.”
            Ward’s spin created a huge traffic jam, holding up many competitors but allowing Burt Myers of Walnut Cove to take over second. Myers tried over four double-file restarts to grab the lead away, but the points leader had to settle for second place.
            “I think I was a little better than the 65 [of Bohn] in certain spots, and he was better than I was in certain spots. The blue car [of Tim Brown] was right there – we were all pretty close,” said Burt Myers. “A couple weeks ago they accused me of points racing. I’m racing hard. I’m just racing hard and doing what I think is the right thing to do. If I would have been that much better than the 65 I could’ve been more aggressive, but I didn’t feel like it was necessary to overdrive my car and knock him out of the way and maybe crash myself at the same time.”
            “I don’t know if he was that much faster,” said Bohn about Myers. “He could get in a little better, but I could pull him off. I knew he was points-racing. I didn’t think he’d try to do anything crazy.”
            Bohn held on to grab the checkered with Myers finishing second and Tim Brown taking third.
            Lee Jeffreys ended up pulling off what Bohn had initially aimed at – Jeffreys elected to start in the rear and then finished fourth to earn the $9,000 Fans’ Challenge prize pool.
            In the Yates Grading and Paving Sportsman Series, Zack Ore of Winston-Salem and Dylan Ward of Winston-Salem each won a 20-lapper. Brian Wall of Lexington won in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. After Brandon Brendle of Winston-Salem was disqualified after post-race technical inspection, Bryan Sykes of Lexington was declared the winner in the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series.         

 

Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
O’Reilly Auto Parts 100: 100 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

 

2

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

 

3

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

 

4

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

 

5

16

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

 

6

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

 

7

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

 

8

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

9

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

 

10

69

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

 

11

76

Scott Gordon

Lewisville, NC

 

12

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

 

13

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

 

14

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

 

15

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

 

16

01

Jimmy Wallace

Lexington, NC

 

17

75

Al Hill

Jonestown, NC

 

18

14

Marty Edwards

King, NC

 

 

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

 

2

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

 

3

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

 

4

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

 

5

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

 

6

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

 

7

70

Tony Black

Winston-Salem, NC

 

8

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

 

9

75

Andrew Durham

Winston-Salem, NC

 

10

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

 

11

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

12

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

 

13

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

 

14

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

 

15

14

Les Miranda

Manassas, VA

 

16

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

 

17

19

Rob Dixon

Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

 2nd Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

2

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

 

3

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

 

4

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

 

5

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

 

6

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

 

7

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

 

8

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

 

9

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

 

10

70

Tony Black

Winston-Salem, NC

 

11

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

 

12

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

 

13

14

Les Miranda

Manassas, VA

 

14

75

Andrew Durham

Winston-Salem, NC

 

15

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

 

16

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

22

Brian Wall

Lexington, NC

 

2

30

Blake Shupe

Mount Airy, NC

 

3

20

Derrick Rice

Kernersville, NC

 

4

52

Fletcher Whaley

Advance, NC

 

5

40

Taylor Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

 

6

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

 

7

10

Zach Linville

Kernersville, NC

 

8

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

 

9

97

Jeremy Warren

Winston-Salem, NC

 

10

0

Kirk Sheets

Hornytown, NC

 

11

13

Kevin Gilbert

Mocksville, NC

 

12

1

Jasper Sumner

Trinity, NC

 

13

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

Winston-Salem, NC

 

14

14

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

 

15

19

Tommy Zachary

Yadkinville, NC

 

16

24

Chris Thomas

East Bend, NC

 

17

49

Phillip Jones

Lexington, NC

 

 

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

97

Bryan Sykes

Lexington, NC

2

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

3

16

Stephen Sanders

Lexington, NC

4

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

5

01

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

6

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

7

06

Derek Sheets

Walkertown, NC

8

90

Robert Strmiska

Lexington, NC

9

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

10

10

David Hopkins

Winston-Salem, NC

11

83

Shane Tuttle

Tobaccoville, NC

12

78

Robert Mabe

Germanton, NC

13

88

Gene Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

14

68

Tyler Bush

Clemmons, NC

15

57

Ray Heath Jr.

Winston-Salem, NC

16

09

Tim Evans

Clemmons, NC

17

27

Austin Cates

Tobaccoville, NC

18

99

Dustin McClure

Mooresville, NC

19

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

20

22

Adam Thomas

Winston-Salem, NC

21

91

Coty Crews

Greensboro, NC

22

38

Christian Joyce

Winston-Salem, NC

23

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

24

02

Wesley Thompson

Advance, NC