After winning the Quick 8 Outlaws event at Darlington Dragway a week prior to the Farmington event Robbie Matthews put the Kauffman Motorsports ‘57 Chevy in the winner’s circle again.
“I don’t even know what to say this,” said winning car owner Kip Kauffman. “That’s two in a row for Mom. We had a tough day, fought the bad air all day. The car was like a bracket car all day. Cameron’s stuff worked all day, the car ran good considering the air. Robbie did his job in the final round and got us another win. We still have the hardest working crew, bar none.”
With only six Pro Modified Doorslammers on the grounds Randy Weatherford scored the pole position with a 3.960 at 194.55. After changing breaking a rocker arm in the second round of qualifying Robbie Matthews posted a 3.970 at 190.53. Jr Ward with help from Super Charger Pioneer Jim Oddy was 3rd with a 4.119 at 176.31.
Todd Howard battled suspension issues and ran a 4.308 at 146.99 that had him 4th. David Lambert in his newly built Tommy Mauney ‘66 Nova was 5th with a 4.443 at 167.40. After making the five-hour ride back from a rain out event Bubba Turner was 6th with a 4.561 at 124.53. Turner couldn’t make the 3rd round of qualifying because they too broke a rocker arm and had to change it.
When announcer MoDee called for the first round of eliminations the first pair in the burnout box was Jr Ward and Todd Howard. Todd with some help from Todd Tutterow on their suspension got the Mustang turned around and posted a 4.04 but it wasn’t enough. Jr Ward got to the stripe first with a 4.026. The next pair up was Robbie Matthews and David Lambert. David lost traction while Robbie went a to b and posted another 3.97 to get the win. The final two up was Randy Weatherford and Bubba Turner. Bubba’s trans brake didn’t hold his Firebird while Randy posted a 3.971 to get the win.
The round 2 action kicked off with Jr Ward and Robbie Matthews. Robbie won this race with another 3.97. Randy got a bye run into the final because of the car count but still went for lane choice but ran into traction problems posting a 4.491.
The two quickest Pro Mods at the event in the final round it was time to see who would claim the victory. After the two did their burnouts, they staged and when the tree turned from amber to green Matthews left first with a .014 light to Weatherford’s .046. Robbie got to finish line first with a 3.956 to a quicker but losing 3.952.
Standing in the winner’s circle Robbie Matthews said, “That’s two in a row! We got the win last weekend at Darlington and now here at Farmington. We had to battle through some adversary again today. We broke a rocker arm in the second round of qualifying. We still ran a 4.06 on seven cylinders. It was a lot of hard work but when you win, it’s worth it. I couldn’t do it without the guys that help me. They are a great bunch of crew members. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we have the best crew out here. We kinda struggled getting down the track but we made it.”
Story by Buddy Trivette
Photo by Matthew Trivette