CARSTAR Monte Carlo second at Peterborough! Bond jumps up to second in first feature of the night PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO The CARSTAR Monte Carlo made its final appearance on an Ontario short track last weekend in the season finale of the ...
CARSTAR Monte Carlo second at Peterborough!
Bond jumps up to second in first feature of the night
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO The CARSTAR Monte Carlo made its final appearance on an Ontario short track last weekend in the season finale of the 2004 Ontario Pro Challenge Series at Peterborough Speedway. The night featured two feature races, one to make up for the cancelled feature last time the series was there. Driver Russ Bond had the CARSTAR Monte Carlo lined up on the pole for the first of the two feature races.
"It's good to be on the pole, but these tires were new the last time we were here, now I'll have to work to stay here," Bond said. Just a few laps in, Bond lost the lead when he slipped up the race track. "Mikey [Mike Goodyear] was telling me to stay low, but guess what, I went up, and here comes the freight train, cho, cho, cha, choo. Now I'm back to fourth." Bond said. A yellow brought the field back together and an early green flag left Goodyear screaming "Go, go, go!" into the radio. "I asked, 'are you sure'," Bond said. "I won't say Goodyear's answer, but I got a good jump and we're back to second. I was able to hang on and bring the CARSTAR/Dupont Monte Carlo home in second."
Bond struggled with grip in the two heat races and in the second final, and he basically cruised home to end out the season. "The battle for second was really hectic but we weren't in it so I just ran around at the tail. It's not cool to get involved in someone else's battle on the final race night, and we were safe in our points position so we just brought the CARSTAR car home in one piece."
Sixth in the points was the end result, but it could have been much different if the Uxbridge driver hadn't missed a race night. Gilford's Brad LeLiever collected 45 points on the night he raced the CARSTAR Monte Carlo and if that total is added to Bond's 523 points, you get a total of 568. Thane Woodside and Tim Norris tied for third with 569 points. "I'm a firm believer in no drops during a season, so I'll take the result and also the knowledge that we were realistically a top three car in our first year. That of course couldn't have happened without a great bunch of sponsors like CARSTAR, Dupont, Inside Track, Impact Race Products, guysgarageshow.com and Mobil 1. Those guys got us to the track and my great crew of Mark and Vladimir Jonak, Mike Goodyear and Mike Dion kept us in the hunt all year. Finally, I have to thank my car owner, whoever that is, for letting me do the fun bit, driving."
The CARSTAR Monte Carlo has finished its oval season. To show support for the Ontario road racing club racing community that has its 'Celebration' event at Mosport road course on October 2-3, the CARSTAR Monte Carlo will once again contest the GT Sprints division. "Okay, I'll come clean," Bond said. "It's another chance to drive the CARSTAR Monte Carlo this year in competition. The race is a celebration of club racing in Ontario, and I have a lot of friends racing there. Having a chance to compete with the CARSTAR Monte Carlo at that kind of venue is too good an opportunity to pass up."