CAN: Russ Bond OPC Sunset summary

Bond fourth in points after Ontario Pro Challenge season opener CARSTAR Monte Carlo has hit-and-miss night at Sunset Speedway SUNSET SPEEDWAY - The Ontario Pro Challenge Series kicked off the 2004 season as Sunset Speedway on May 15, and the ...

Bond fourth in points after Ontario Pro Challenge season opener CARSTAR Monte Carlo has hit-and-miss night at Sunset Speedway

SUNSET SPEEDWAY - The Ontario Pro Challenge Series kicked off the 2004 season as Sunset Speedway on May 15, and the #23 CARSTAR Monte Carlo, driven by Russ Bond was in the thick of the action all night long. "Wow! What a night," Bond said. "It was on from the first lap of the first heat race." Bond lined up second in the first heat, and took the lead into turn three, when he was hit from behind. "I knew Ken [Nicholson] had a problem with his car, so I just tried to clear him on the first lap. I thought I had made it, but we still got together."

Bond had to pit to change a left rear wheel, and then lined up at the back of the pack. He was able to race his way up to fifth in the first heat. "I was mad - a great motivator. I wasn't mad at getting hit, okay, yes I was, but I was madder about damaging the CARSTAR Monte Carlo. We have a great looking car, and I was hoping to keep it that way for longer than the first lap of the first race. I thought I would be missing most of the rear of my car - it was a big hit - but the wheel took most of the damage, that Dupont paint is tougher than I thought!"

Bond has his best finish of the night in the second heat. He went from fifth to fourth, scoring valuable points. "We are still learning so much about the car," Bond said. Jonak Brothers Racing Crewchief Mark Jonak was working hard to make the CARSTAR Monte Carlo better each session, but it's an uphill battle at this point. "We don't know how dramatically each change will effect the car, it was very much a hit-and-miss situation until we get a good base of notes on what this car likes - and doesn't like," Jonak said.

Lining up fourth for the feature, Bond was hoping for a good finish. "We took a big gamble on the setup for the feature. We finally solved our problem, but gained a new one, so it was a handful for the whole race." Bond held fourth for the opening laps before getting tagged from behind and loosing two spots, and then again - which cost him sixth. Bond was a disappointing seventh.

The CARSTAR/Dupont/Impact Racing/Mobil1/Inside Track Motorsports News Monte Carlo left Sunset fourth in the points championship, and with new found knowledge that will be put into effect at the next round at Sauble Beach Speedway in two weeks time. "We learned a lot about the car, and that will pay off later this year," Bond said.

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