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I spoke with Bobby Bond last month about this year’s plans at Oswego. A lot of speculation has been going around about just where he will be running in 2012, whether it is Oswego, or the ISMA circuit. The answer: “no full season anywhere“. Sounds to me like apathy is kicking in for Bobby, who is “losing interest in working on it, that’s for sure”. A season of struggles will do that to you, which is what happened for Bob in 2011.
—- “I was really disappointed with those tires last year”, said Bob, theorizing that the inconsistency in the Hoosier Tire that was used last year contributed to his lack of success. After such a great season in 2010, which included prestigious wins in the King of Wings AND Classic, the breakout 2011 season never happened. “We just couldn’t do anything”, said Bond, but also adding. “or maybe it was the driver”.
—- Some changes to the car were planned for the season, but were cancelled when it was announced that a new left rear tire would be announced for 2012. “Maybe the track talking to another tire manufacturer woke Hoosier up a little”, which may lead to a little better tire in 2012. “It probably will.” But for right now, no definite plan is set. He’ll be racing, but he’s unsure where and when. There are a couple of ISMA shows that he would like to run, and he’ll certainly run Oswego at some point, which is about 5 miles from his home.
—- Will he find some ambition when it gets closer, and actually run the full season at Oswego after all? That remains to be seen. I know how racers are. And maybe this unseasonably warm spring will get Bob and the guys fired up. “Whatever Larry and Ed want to do”, said Bob, referring to long time right hand men Larry VonHoltz and Ed Matteson. But I don’t know if it’s that simple, because sometimes one wants to race at Oswego, and the other one wants to race ISMA. Stay tuned.
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As a driver/owner in the Limited Supermodified division, JJ Andrews covers mostly Oswego Speedway events, from a driver's point of view.