Brothers Bond in Victory Lane at Oswego

By – Chris Porter
Photos – Jim Feeney

Brothers, Mike and Bob Bond of Mexico, N.Y. took home feature wins in their respective divisions Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway. It was the first time such a feat had been accomplished at the Port City oval in its 60-year history.

Mike was the first of the siblings to take the checkered, earning the 30-lap small block supermodified (SBS) win in dominating fashion – his second of the 2010 season. It was the 21st-career trip to victory lane for the division’s all-time feature win leader.

However, in the big blocks, it was career win No. 1 for Bob Bond, who led from start to finish  in the 50-lap Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA)-sanctioned $5,000-to-win “King of Wings” event.

Neither brother has had the start to the 2010 racing season each had hoped for. Mike was able to bounce back after a bone-jarring shot against Oswego’s third-turn wall just one week ago. The usually consistent multi-time SBS champ had scored DNF’s in two of his last three feature starts.

Bob began his season on the International Super Modified Association (ISMA) tour with a wreck in the very first practice session at Albany-Saratoga Speedway which sidelined him before the night had even officially began. That was followed up by a couple of ninth-place runs at ISMA’s next two events.

However, on Saturday night, both drivers were able to earn feature wins in impressive fashion.

Bob Bond pointed to the opening lap as the key to what led to his first feature triumph.

“I think that was the difference,” Bond said. “I think if he’d (Bobby Dawson) gotten the lead I might not have got by him or I might have got boggled up … maybe the 77 would’ve gotten me. I think it was all of the difference in the world getting him on the start. I knew that and that’s what we were shooting for was to take that lead on the start.”

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For Mike Bond, it was just a sense of being able to turn the luck around.

“It’s been fast all year,” Mike Bond said of his SBS win. “We’ve had some bad luck and I’ve made some mistakes. Actually, we were a little slower tonight than the car has been. The car was off just a little bit. I know it didn’t look it, but it’s not as good as it has been. We’ll tweak on it a little bit. We had a little damage last week. We had a lot of hours in the garage this week. I’d like to thank my crew and car owner, Terry. He was in the garage all day Monday with me. I was out there 14 hours Monday and every night after work until 10 or 11 o’clock. All of the hard work paid off.”

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2009 supermodified “King of Wings” winner, Charlie Schultz topped the charts in time trialing with a fast lap of 15.427 seconds (145.848mph), but would not be a factor come feature time. As Bond had stated earlier, he was able to wrestle away the lead from co-front row starter Bobby Dawson on the opening lap of the race.

Tim Ice, Paul White and Randy Burch rounded out the top five as the 26-car starting field completed its maiden lap. By the fifth lap, Bond had stretched his lead to 10 lengths.

Having been working on the Dawson No. 28 for the first 10 laps, Ice finally found room on the outside to take away the runner-up position. However, he now faced a 20-car deficit to the race leader.

That gap was erased just one lap later, after Gene Lee Gibson’s No. 0 came to a stop in turn No. 2. With 10 rounds in the books, Bond led Ice, Dawson, Burch and White. Bob Magner, Trent Stephens, Joe Gosek, Russ Wood and Schultz completed the top 10. Otto Sitterly, Jason Spaulding, Mike Lichty, Keith Shampine and Jeff Holbrook rounded out the top 15.

Ice (77) gets a run on Bond (25) on an early race restart

On the restart, Ice challenged Bond on the high side, but Bond’s No. 25 held its ground. Burch moved around Dawson to take over third on the 15th lap. Five laps later, the top three would hold a 20-car advantage over their chasers.

On the 22nd lap, third-place running Burch suddenly raised his hand from the cockpit of the his No. 52, signaling a slow exit from the racing surface. His day was done. His departure promoted Gosek into the top five.

At the halfway mark, Bond led Ice by five lengths. Dawson raced alone in third, while White led Gosek, Magner, Wood, Stephens, Schultz and 10-place Lichty.

10 laps later, Bond had quadrupled his lead as he began to pick his way through light lapped traffic. White began to press Dawson for third while Gosek and Magner nipped at their heels.

Shortly after conquering Dawson for third place, White suddenly slowed his supermodified and the Texan coasted the Steve Miller-owned No. 16 into the pits on lap No. 42.

With five trips remaining, a Bond’s No. 25 developed a bad push as it began working its way through moderate lapped traffic. The gap between first and second place began to shrink quickly as Bond tried to nurse his ill-handling machine a few more laps.

Bond’s 17-second lap times allowed Ice to quickly gobble up track space, but time was running out. The duo took the white flag with 10 car lengths separating their machines, but Bond was able to secure the win with a few lengths to spare.

Dawson (28) leads Magner (41) and Gosek (00) for 3rd with 7 laps to go

Ice was pleased with his second-place run. It matched his runner-up finish earned in the 2009 event.

“On the second restart, I got beside him back here,” Ice said. “And we rubbed a little bit and I kind of ran out of racetrack … a little, but not bad. I kind of had to ease off. I think if I could’ve got him right there it’d been a little different race. He was faster, he did pull away. But to pass me would’ve been another thing.”

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Dawson held on to collect a podium finish.

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Magner brought the Jeff Holbrook-owned No. 41 home in fourth. After a wreck last Saturday night at Oswego and running out of fuel while running second in Tuesday night’s ISMA show at Stafford, Magner was happy just to have had a solid top-five finish.

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Joe Gosek rounded out to top five, racing the Gunther/Archer-owned No. 00 to a fifth-place finish.

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Wood, Stephens, Sitterly, Schultz and Lou Cicconi completed the top 10. Tennessee native, Kyle Edwards finished in 11th. He was the last driver on the lead lap.

The four supermodified heats were won by ISMA members Wood and Bond, ISMA/Oswego driver Magner and MSA regular, Randy Burch. During the fourth heat race, ISMA regular, Danny Lane, walloped the first-turn wall nearly head-on in the Howie Lane-owned No. 97. The violent collision inflicted incredible damage on their supermodified, but Lane walked away uninjured. Pieces were strewn between turns one and two with the car itself coming to rest upside-down. Joey Payne earned the win in the 12-car consolation event.

MSA “King of Wings” 50:
1. Bob Bond (25), 2. Tim Ice (77), 3. Bobby Dawson (28), 4. Bobby Magner (41), 5. Joe Gosek (00), 6. Russ Wood (29), 7. Trent Stephens (19), 8. Otto Sitterly (79), 9. Charlie Schultz (7), 10. Lou Cicconi (49), 11. Kyle Edwards (11), 12. Mike Lichty (74), 13. Jon Henes (36), 14. Paul White (16), 15. Pat Lavery (22), 16. Michael Barnes (70), 17. Ryan Klingelhofer (8), 18. Ray Graham, Jr. (90), 19. Lou LeVea (61), 20. Randy Burch (52), 21. Jason Spaulding (23), 22. Joey Payne (99), 23. Keith Shampine (88), 24. Jeff Holbrook (35), 25. Gene Lee Gibson (0), 26. Rich Reid (55)

K.O.W. Consi:
1. Joey Payne (99), 2. Lou LeVea (61), 3. Rich Reid (55), 4. Jon Henes (36), 5. Gene Lee Gibson (0), 6. Dave Gruel (50), 7. Craig Rayvals (04), 8. Larry Muroski (38), 9. Dan Connors, Jr. (01), 10. Matt Palmer (21), 11. Jerry Curran (24), 12. Bobby Haynes, Jr. (44).     DNS – Ray Graham, Jr. (90), Dave McKnight, Jr. (08), Shaun Gosselin (26), Tim Snyder (0), Danny Lane (97)

Small Block Super Feature

In the SBS feature, Mike Bond needed 15 laps to take full command of the small block supermodified field aboard the Terry Solazzo-owned No. 26. However, once he did, it virtually meant “lights out” for the rest of his competitors.

Dave Danzer took the early lead away from Rookie of the Year contender, Mike Bruce, to start the 30-lap feature. Having started in fifth, Bond held the third spot after three laps. After maneuvering his way by the Bruce No. 2 machine, Bond began to hound the race leader.

Bond (26) sizes up race leader Danzer (52) just shy of the halfway mark

As Bond began shaping Danzer up at the front, a fierce battle erupted behind him. Steve Abt nudged his way under series points leader Dave Cliff in turn No. 1 to take over sixth on the 12th lap. However, as Cliff attempted the reclaim the spot in the same turn the next time by, Abt closed the door, resulting in Cliff banging his No. 06 car hard into the inside hub rail. The caution flew and the night was over for the series points leader.

With 11 laps displayed on the lapboard, Danzer led Bond, Bruce, Brian Sobus and Andrew Schartner. Abt, Tim Barbeau, Jason Simmons, Vern LaFave and Barry Kingsley completed the top 10.

Three laps into the ensuing restart, Danzer’s No. 52 drifted a bit too high off of turn No. 2. As he and Bond raced into turn No. 3, a new leader emerged.

As Bond’s No. 26 began to take flight, positions three through eight lined up tightly being the Danzer No. 52. By the 20th lap, Bond was holding a 20-car length advantage.

Bond continued to lengthen his lead until a spin by Simmons closed up the field with just four laps remaining.

Bond had no problem easing away as the green flag flew again. He cruised the final few laps unchallenged as his chasers raced nose-to-tail far behind him.

Danzer held on to finish second.

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Bruce scored a career-high, third-place finish aboard the Rob Pullen-owned No. 2.

Bruce (2) holds off Sobus (79), Schartner (18), Abt (85) & Barbeau (58) for 3rd

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Sobus racked up another top-five finish aboard his No. 79.

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Schartner drove the Crow Motorsports No. 18 to a fine fifth-place finish.

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Abt landed the always-fast No. 85 in sixth, one place ahead of teammate Barbeau.

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SBS Feature Results 30:
1. Mike Bobd (26), 2. Dave Danzer (52), 3. Mike Bruce (2), 4. Brian Sobus (79), 5. Andrew Schartner (18), 6. Steve Abt (85), 7. Tim Barbeau (58), 8. Vern LaFave (50), 9. Keith Gilliam (37), 10. Dennis Richmond (7), 11. Guard Nearbin (78), 12. Kreig Heroth (44), 13. Brian Osetek (00), 14. Jason Simmons (25), 15. Brian Haynes (86), 16. Danny Kapuscinski (93), 17. Dave Cliff (06), 18.  Brad Haynes (43), 19. Barry Kingsley (23), 20. Terry Solazzo (91), 21. Lou LeVea, Jr. (95)   DNS – Mark Castiglia (90)

Small block supermodified heat wins were earned by Bond, Cliff and Sobus.