WALLY J. NESBITT Special to The Standard
For the third consecutive year, Greenbank’s Jody Bound has earned a Midget racing title, claiming his second Dayco Outlaw Midget Series championship, with a dominating performance, over the nine date 2017 schedule.
Aboard his No. 5 Larry’s Small Engines/ Midas of Orangeville/ NTN Bearings/ Interstate Batteries LBJ Midget, Bound’s record over the past two seasons, in the Southern Ontario touring series, finally forced organizers to offer a ‘Bound-ty’, for any driver who could beat the 44-year-old, in a head-to-head battle.
Eventually, 2017 championship runner-up, Jessica James did manage to accomplish the feat, in mid-August on the Sunset Speedway oval, where Bound was relegated to a third place finish.
The only other obstacles, to Bound’s perfect season, came due to a mechanical failure, at Chapel Hill Speedway, and a contact-related retirement, in the season finale at Sunset Speedway.
Despite these issues, the third generation racer recorded 16 pole position qualifying wins in 18 starts, with this accomplishment translating into six feature race victories.
And speaking of winners…
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the final event of the Southern Ontario short track racing trilogy was run, as Peterborough Speedway hosted the 25th Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Ten separate racing divisions were represented, with the OSCAAR and Eastern Ontario Legends Series crowning champions, while other winners were acknowledged with prestigious ACC titles.
Here is a brief rundown of the drivers earning victories, over the three-day ACC weekend.
With his championship already determined, Jody Bound took a well-deserved family day, and passed on the Outlaw Midget Invitational. Taking advantage of his absence, championship runner-up, Jessica James put on a driving clinic, snatching the lead on the opening lap of the 25 lap feature, from her row five starting position, then gapping second place finisher Paul Draganac (No. 18) by ten car lengths, at the checkered flag. It is the second Autumn Colours title for James.
Matt Haufe was another no-show champion as, with his Eastern Ontario Legends Series title secure, the Ottawa driver was preparing for a trip to the INEX Legends Nationals, in Las Vegas. Taking his place, atop the Autumn Colours victory podium, was Michigan’s Gregory Rudzik (No. 17), chased to the stripe, by EOLS regulars Cole McFadden (No. 20), and Dave Riopelle (No. 92).
Four-time OSCAAR Super Late Model champion, Glenn Watson (No. 22) rode a second place feature finish to title number five, in the season finale, tracking down, but unable to pass, his nephew, race winner Brandon Watson (No. 9).
Another four-time OSCAAR champion, Modified driver, Gary McLean finally made it to the top step of the Autumn Colours Classic podium, accepting the checkered flag, eight car lengths, in front of runner-up AJ Emms and third place finisher Luke Gignac. Gignac’s result, coupled with a crash-related non-finish by challenger Chris Milwain, allowed the driver, of the No. 99 Modified, to claim the 2017 OSCAAR championship.
Despite winning the last five consecutive OSCAAR Pro Midget feature races, including Sunday’s ACC finale, Daniel Hawn (No. 2) came up nine points shy of the 2017 title. Riding a runner-up finish, in the 25 lap feature race, Jordan Hanna (No. 55) was proclaimed the new series champion.
Brandon Watson made it two Autumn Colours crowns, on Sunday, as the Stayner, ON resident went flag-to-flag to win the weekend highlight, the 117 lap Pro Late Model feature.
ConWatson’s No. 9 Ford Fusion crossing the stripe, four car lengths, in front of the No. 89c driven, this weekend, by Andy Kamrath, with JR Fitzpatrick (No. 84) completing the podium finishers.
The Limited Late Model 75 lap main, was a flag-to-flag victor for, 2016 Peterborough Speedway champion, Rick Spencer-Walt (No. 31). Local driver Amanda Balson (No. 16) took a well-deserved runner-up result; with Ryan Kimball (No. 16) passing Gord Shepherd (No. 10), in the final turn, to steal away a third place finish.
In yet another flag-to-flag run, 13-year-old, Treyton Lapcevich (No. 32) became the youngest ever Autumn Colours champion, as the Grimsby driver survived a Green/ White/ Checkered finish, to earn the Thunder Car crown over fellow youngsters Jordan Howse (No. 8) and Carson Nagy (No. 63).
Two frightening rollover incidents in the Mini Stock finale slowed the 50 lap feature, but once assured that all drivers were unharmed, the racing resumed, with Eric Yorke (No. 51) adding to his NASCAR Whelen All American Series Division 3 championship, with an Autumn Colours victory. Peterborough Speedway regulars, Noel Snow (No. 14) and Kevin Strutt (No.34), completed the top three finishers.
Starting from the pole position, Griffin Powell (No. 13) would fend off race-long pressure, from second place finisher Chris Tubman (No. 88), to earn the 2017 4Fun-Charger title. Colin Parkes (No. 85) would lead a three-car train to the checkers, to claim the final step of the 4Fun podium.
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