ROUGEMONT, N.C. – Danny Bohn earned his first Southern Modified Racing Series victory in the 75-lap race Saturday night at Orange County Speedway.
While Bohn celebrated the win, Jeremy Gerstner was celebrating the series championship after a third-place finish.
Gerstner entered the race with a mere five-point advantage over Brandon Ward and the duo traded the lead and even traded paint early in the event while racing for the top spot. Ward led the most laps early, but on lap 53 sixth-starting Bohn rolled into the lead.
Bohn, who earlier in the evening won pole, swept the night with the victory. He became the sixth different winner this season with the Southern Modified Racing Series and the ninth overall winner in the two-year history of the tour.
Gerstner and Ward battled early not only for the lead, but also for the championship. Gerstner and Ward both gained bonus points for leading laps and as the early laps unfolded Ward lead the most laps, bringing the drivers to even with bonus points.
However, the late laps proved to be the end of a great run for Ward this season as he faded to a 10th-place finish while Gerstner maintained third – securing the championship. Gerstner won once this year – July 1 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
In winning the championship Gerstner also earned a guaranteed starting spot in the 15th nnual North South Shootout. The 125-lap, $10,000-to-win race is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Concord Speedway.
Danny Bohn, Burt Myers, Jeremy Gerstner, Jason Myers, Tim Brown, George Brunnhoelzl III, Josh Nichols, Gary Putnam, Tom Buzze, Brandon Ward.