Ontario Pro Challenge round two summary

CARSTAR Monte Carlo wins at Sauble Beach Bond wins Round 2 of Ontario Pro Challenge Series SAUBLE BEACH, ONTARIO - CARSTAR Monte Carlo driver Russ Bond went flag-to-flag in the 20-lap Ontario Pro Challenge feature race at Sauble Beach on...

CARSTAR Monte Carlo wins at Sauble Beach
Bond wins Round 2 of Ontario Pro Challenge Series

SAUBLE BEACH, ONTARIO - CARSTAR Monte Carlo driver Russ Bond went flag-to-flag in the 20-lap Ontario Pro Challenge feature race at Sauble Beach on Saturday night to collect his first win of the year. "It was a very exciting, hard fought race," Bond said after the win. "I am really happy to get this win so early in the year with a new car and new team."

Bond started out the night with two fourth place finishes in the heats. "We were fighting a problem we didn't know we had," Bond said. "The CARSTAR Monte Carlo was reacting well to changes, but not getting any faster overall. It was kind of frustrating."

For the feature, Bond lined up on the pole, after the inversion pill drawn was a four. In the opening laps, Bond steered the CARSTAR Monte Carlo down the inside, and for the first few laps was involved in and intense, door banging battle with Melitta Monte Carlo driver Thane Woodside. "We had just been at it for 8 laps in the second heat, with me hung on the outside," Bond quipped. "Now, I had the inside and he was on the outside. It was great racing. A little bumping, a little banging - just good clean stock car racing."

Bond eventually took the lead from Woodside. The CARSTAR Monte Carlo built a small lead until points leader and two time defending champion, Dennis Thomson arrived at the rear bumper of the CARSTAR Monte Carlo. "Mike was telling me he was coming," Bond said. "He just told - okay yelled - at me to protect the inside." Bond held on during the closing laps to take the first win for the CARSTAR/Dupont/Impact Race Products/Mobil1/Inside Track Motorsport News Monte Carlo.

"I was pounding the steering wheel on the cool off lap, and screaming in the radio," Bond said of the excitement of winning the feature race. "I wanted to get a win to thank CARSTAR, Dupont, Impact Race Product, Mobil1 and Inside Track Motorsport News for all their support."

The next race for the CARSTAR Monte Carlo is next Saturday, June 5th at Mosport International Raceway Oval.

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