Regular readers will recognize Russ Bond from our World’s Fastest Car Review series. He is also the host of the Two Minute Test Drive at the wildly successful Motoring TV. What you might not know is that Bond has been part of The Garage Blog family since before TGB was even thought of. Russ and I were guest hosts on a radio show called Guy’s Garage, a show which steered me towards a second career in automotive media. It’s hard to believe that was 13 years ago!
Collectively, we’ve done some pretty cool stuff over those years, but I’ve gotta say that Rustye entering his first ever NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race might be the coolest.
Driving a car from series veteran Kerry Micks’ stable, Bond qualified respectable in the middle of the pack. Once the green flag flew, Bond stayed in the thick of things until a bit of an over aggressive move saw the Door Doctor sponsored machine almost punt Micks. Instead, Bond had a brush with the wall and went down a lap as the car was checked out. Back out on track, Bond kept his nose clean and stayed on pace with the cars around him. The Uxbridge driver even managed to thread his way through the mess of a big crash at the start/finish line, which completed the race.
By the time the dust settled, our guy was scored in the 18th position out of a 28 car field, ahead of some big names in the series. Needless to say, the entire TGB family is pretty excited about Russ’ day as a NASCAR driver!