One race after a dismal 24th place finish at Oswego Speedway, Mike Bond bounced back for his first win of the season behind the wheel of the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74 as a part of RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/C’s Farm Market & Beverage Center Night at the Races Saturday evening.
Bond started the event from the fifth position, quickly slicing his way through the field to the race lead on lap six holding off his Four Sevens Motorsports teammates Cameron Rowe and Dan Abt on his way to victory, the 28th of his career in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division.
Rowe, Abt, Russ Brown, and Jason Simmons would complete the top five order for the night’s main event.
“The car has been good all year, we’ve just been getting caught up in some other stuff,” said Bond. “It is tough coming from the back, there are a lot of guys that are quick this year, starting spot is a lot of it. The car was actually jumping out of gear on me so I was holding it in gear with one hand and trying to drive it with the other hand.”
Chris Proud, AJ Bernys, Tim Gareau, JJ Andrews, and Jack Patrick completed the top ten in Saturday night’s 30-lap main event.
Josh Kerr and Abt started the Pathfinder Bank SBS main from the front row with Abt stealing the lead at the drop of the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag.
Bond, who started to the inside of row three, quickly jumped to the runner-up spot passing several cars in consecutive laps.
Driving out of turn two on lap four, Bond stole fourth from Rowe before next diving under Bernys to third into turn three. Just one lap later, the No. 74 made quick work of Kerr heading into the third corner to take the second position.
With Bond now running second, the rookie Abt had built a comfortable lead at the head of the pack in the No. 57 until Brian Sobus found himself pointing the wrong direction in the No. 6 exiting turn two to bring out the caution.
The yellow would allow Bond, Kerr, Bernys, Rowe, Brown, Simmons, Proud, Mike Bruce, and Gareau to all close in for the restart.
On the restart, Bond would waste little time, slipping to the low side of Abt into turn three to take the lead putting a good bit of distance on his chasers out in front.
With Bond running away from the field, Rowe began to pick up the pace in the No. 77 as he moved by Kerr for third on lap 10 heading into turn three.
From there, Kerr would back slide some allowing both Brown and Simmons to slide on by as well.
The race’s next caution would wave at lap 11 for a spun Mark Castiglia on the back stretch, which would allow Kerr to regain his fourth position on the speedway.
But, when the lights went back to green Brown and Simmons reassumed their positions ahead of Kerr trying to give chase to front runners Bond, Abt, and Rowe.
Abt continued to run a great race in the runner up position near the halfway point, but would relinquish the second position to his teammate Rowe on lap 13 heading into turn three.
From there second through sixth including Rowe, Abt, Brown, Simmons, and Proud would be locked in a great battle as Bond had built an insurmountable full straight lead in the No. 74.
After several laps ticked away with drivers in that order, Bond’s pursuers would have another shot at him as Dalton Doyle found the third turn foam on lap 26 with the No. 01. Doyle was able to pull away and the caution tightened the field one last time.
With green lights on one more time Bond picked up where he left off, running away with his 28th career win leaving his teammates Rowe and Abt in second and third holding off Brown and Simmons for front five positions.
Brown, Bond, and Rowe would collect Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories on the evening.
Bond would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheel Lap Leader Award as well.
After starting deep in the field Kreig Heroth was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger in the No. 04, while Abt took home the Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer prize.
Brown would be the White’s Car Care 4th place Award recipient.