Even though everything did not go as Jody Bound envisioned in 2019, he still proved that he is one of the fastest Outlaw Midget drivers in the province.
“Lady luck was not on our side as motor trouble and a couple flat tires made for a long season,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We went first three races without even a heat win. The team’s outlook was ‘even Penske has bad years’. It took awhile to find our stride and get back on the podium as there were some fast cars this season. We knew the Midas of Orangeville/NTN Bearings/Tool BoX Auto/Larry’s car had the speed, just needed some luck!”
Despite the rough moments through the year, Bound was still able to post three feature wins, 16 heat victories, and nine feature top-five finishes. He also ended off the year on a high, battling for the win in the Autumn Colours Classic.
“The best moment (of the year) was battling with Robin McLean at the season finale at Fall Colours, while subbing for the injured Richard Woodland in the No. 48 BW Towing/MCI Automation/Hypertech oil machine,” he commented. “Even though we finished second to him, it was a great show to watch; I had to let the Old Guy have some bragging rights over the winter months.”
Bound has easily proven himself in series competition as a past champion, but certainly had his hands full with not only Robin McLean with other drivers. The series’ growth could easily be seen with eight different drivers picking up a feature victory.
“The series has grown since its inception in 2016 where we see 20+ cars each night battling for top spot,” Bound said. “In the beginning, there was five top running cars, but in 2019 we saw more first-time heat and feature winners this season. Each night you need to be on your ‘A Game’ as there are 19+ other guys wanting the top spot. Its a strong club with some great support and volunteers that help each weekend.”
To be on top of his game each week, Bound has a dedicated crew behind him, led by car owner Larry Wilson. Bound was quick to note that Wilson does not sleep much through the summer.
“He is constantly thinking of improvement and random texts of a sketch or math equation on a paper towel from his peanut butter toast @ 1:00am,” Bound commented. “I always respond with my thoughts. Its a Days of Thunder relationship; he is Harry and I am Cole. Tuesday night is race car night and always has been; with Brian,Larry and myself and Paul a quick text/call away, we get a lot done in a night. Final touches are then done late at night by Larry and a can (or2) of Peroni beer.
“Being fast is not just one person its a team. We are ready to race when the car comes off the trailer and each guy knows his responsibility at the track and there no second guessing each other as we all trust each other’s work. The weeks preparation makes my job easier on the track.”
For those looking to get involved in the series, and possibly experience the same type of success, Bound says start with the basics, focusing on seat time.
“$20 on a week night for open practice is the best money spent over a $100 widget that you heard someone talk about,” he commented. “Learn your equipment and what it does. Winning will come in time as you need to finish the race to win the race. There are more corners to an oval than there are straights. My Grandfather Mac Bound (raced @ Pinecrest and CNE in the 60″s) always told me, ‘if you can’t get around the corner, you’re not going to be fast down the straight.’ That’s something I have always remembered.”
As for his own plans, Bound admits that “there could be some surprises” in store.