J. WALLY NESBITT The Standard
Reviving his racing career after an eight year sabbatical, this year third generation driver Jody Bound followed his younger brother Jamie into the OSCAAR Midget fraternity and was ultimately rewarded with the 2015 series championship.
“In the past, I spent most of my time racing TQ Midgets. But when (car owner) Larry Wilson said he wanted to try the OSCAAR series, it as a perfect fit,” stated the Uxbridge resident. “This is a good family deal for me with my brother and father already a part of the series.”
Admitting the technological and setup exchanges between the brothers are 'minimal' (he's ten years older than me, and would hate to admit that I was right about something,” laughed Jamie), Jody quickly adapted to his new ride and headed into the Thanksgiving weekend final event with a record of eight Top 10 finishes, including a pair of back-to-back feature race victories.
In the season finale, run as part of Peterborough Speedway's Autumn Colours Classic weekend, defending series champion Jamie and the newly crowned champion went head-to-head in pursuit of the prestigious ACC title and family bragging rights.
Setting up for Saturday night's 25 lap feature, each brother notched a pair of heat race victories, although Jamie would lead the 24-car field to the green flag because of his win in the Chase for the Colours qualifying race.
Grabbing the point at the drop of the green, Jamie's #83 Skelton Truck Lines midget was able to open a slight gap on everybody, except his brother. On the fourth lap, Jody pushed his #5 Larry's Small Engines/ Midas of Orangeville car into the race lead, expanding his advantage as the front running duo encountered traffic. However, Jamie put on a late race charge, and on the final lap reclaimed the lead, edging Jody by a single car length at the twin checkers to secure his seventh win of the year, his third on the Peterborough 1/3-mile oval, and his first Autumn Colours Classic title.
“I know how this track changes over the course of a race so I set my car up to come in at the end,” explained Jamie. “This is one race I missed out on winning last year (he finished sixth), this is the race win I really wanted.”
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