FIRST FOR BOHN AT UNOH BATTLE AT THE BEACH
Modified Driver The First Of Family Of Drivers
To Race At Daytona
of the most recognizable racing families in
northeast Modified history is going to see its first
representative compete at the “World Center of
Racing” when Danny Bohn participates in the
inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19 at
Daytona International Speedway.
Bohn is the son of former Modified standout Eddie
Bohn and the grandson of the late, famed racer
Parker Bohn. The Bohn’s hail from Freehold, N.J.
Despite their exploits at short tracks across in the
New Jersey-New York-Pennsylvania region, Parker and
Eddie never raced at Daytona. The third generation
Modified driver is set to make family history with
the first running of the short-track showcase on the
backstretch at Daytona.
“Obviously everybody’s dream is to race at Daytona,
so when we had the opportunity to go there, I really
wanted to,” Bohn said. “It’s definitely a dream come
true to be able to race at Daytona.”
The 2012 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunoco
Rookie of the Year, Bohn had had his eye on the
event since it was scheduled last February. A
last-season win at Caraway Speedway on Oct. 6 helped
finalize those plans when his starting position in
the Daytona feature was secured.
Race winners and points champions during the 2012
season earned secured starting positions for the
feature race between NASCAR Whelen Modified and
Whelen Southern Modified Tour teams.
“We were definitely keeping it in mind, but winning
that race at Caraway to lock us in really gave us
that much more of a reason to go,” Bohn said. “Over
the winter time we got with all of our sponsors and
included this race in the mix, and everything worked
The Modified race at Daytona will see teams from
both the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified and NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tours compete in combination. It’s a
challenge that Bohn – who now lives in North
Carolina – is looking forward to.
“I always like to race against the northern guys,
there’s a lot of competition,” Bohn said. “I get
along with all of those guys – I used to race
against them up north – so it’s pretty much going to
be the best of the best there. It’s televised, so I
can’t think of a better race to go to.”
Racing against the northeastern-based Whelen
Modified Tour in points-paying combination races
last year as a rookie at Bristol Motor Speedway and
Thompson International Speedway, Bohn felt like he
lacked the experience to go toe-to-toe with the
northern veterans. But he figures this first-time
event at Daytona will even the playing field.
“I think we have a good shot down at Daytona,” Bohn
said. “[Reason] one being that we’ve raced at Bowman
Gray Stadium and I think [Daytona] will race similar
to that being that since it’s a flat track that’s
just a little bit bigger. And two, everyone is on
the same playing field. No one has tested there
before, so we’ll just all go down there and see who
can get dialed in the quickest.”
With reason for optimism from a competition
standpoint, Bohn – from that noted racing family –
also realizes a victorious run in the inaugural UNOH
Battle At The Beach could cement his name in
Modified racing history.
“The prestige of Daytona – I’d really like to have
my name in the record book as the first winner at
Daytona in a Modified.” Bohn said.
Snider Among Late Model Entrants: Myatt
Snider, son of TNT NASCAR announcer Marty Snider, is
among the numerous up-and-coming drivers on the
entry list for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Late Model event at the UNOH Battle At The Beach.
The younger Snider will race a car prepared by his
cousin Jay Hedgecock as a teammate to defending
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion
Battle Events: The NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series Late Models will have qualifying races and a
150-lap feature on Monday, Feb. 18 while the action
on Tuesday, Feb. 19 will include a similar schedule
of qualifying races and 150-lap races for both the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and NASCAR K&N Pro
Series. All three features are non-points races.
Event Coverage: All three UNOH Battle At The
Beach features will be carried live on SPEED, the
Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio while
all practice and qualifying sessions will feature
live streaming video at
Event Tweets: The official Twitter hashtag
for all events surrounding the UNOH Battle At The
Beach is #NASCARBattle. Join the conversation using
the #NASCARBattle hashtag as well as the official
Twitter accounts for NASCAR Home Tracks (@NASCARHomeTrack)
and Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates).
Additional Info: For more information, please
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the website or by calling 1-888-PITSHOP.
Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR