latemodelamerica.com - AL - May 15 - Talladega Short Track "Red Farmer Classic"
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Red Farmer - Randy Weaver 

Legendary Alabama racer Red Farmer joins Randy Weaver after Weaver's big win in the 97-lap, $9,700-to-win "Red Farmer Classic" at Lynn Phillips' Talladega Short Track. (Brian McLeod)

Weaver Dominant in TST "Red Farmer Classic"

Sam Holbrooks

EASTABOGA, Ala. - May 15. In a race that featured a lap count and winner's paycheck that reflected it's namesake's famed no. 97 door digits, Randy Weaver put in a strong showing to win Saturday's $9,700-to-win, 97-lap "Red Farmer Classic" final at Talladega Short Track.

Farmer, a charter member of the famed "Alabama Gang", has been a frequent visitor to the Eastern Alabama 1/3-mile oval, and his influence in both dirt and pavement racing at virtually every level in the region was recognized when track promoter Lynn Phillips announced the inaugural version of the event.

From the outset, Weaver had established himself as the driver to watch when he set fastest time among the 31 entries on Friday, then overcame one of TST's most potent and successful performers, Danny Peoples, to earn the win in the first heat race.

Red Farmer - May 15

Ronnie Johnson's path to his second place finish on Saturday were quite different, as the Chattanooga veteran logged in an uncharacteristically mediocre time trial that place him in the bottom half of the qualifying field. However, Johnson's fortunes began to change when he advanced several positions in Friday's second heat race and trailed Tim Busha at the line to earn a fifth place starting spot for Saturday's 97-lap feature.

After Weaver shot out to an unchallenged lead from the start of the main event, Johnson quickly worked his way from his fifth place start to second to offer an occasional early challenge to Weaver.  The leader found the rear of the field just past the lap ten mark, but a spinning car of Mississippi driver Neil Baggett cleared the track for the leader. With a 36-lap stretch of green flag racing, Weaver again stayed in charge, and Johnson got another look at his rear spoiler under caution just past the midpoint, but again Weaver drove away and only seemed to get stronger as the laps wore on. 

Randy Weaver - Ronnie Johnson

Randy Weaver and Ronnie Johnson finished in the top two spots in the "Red Farmer Classic" at Talladega Short Track. (Thomas Hendrickson file)   

For the most part, Johnson would have to settle for maintaining his bridesmaid position while Weaver built another large leads during another long stretch of green flag racing that took their toll on a rapidly narrowing racing groove. That would remain the case until three laps remained in the race, when local ace Tim Roszell brought the final caution when he slowed on the track. Weaver remained unfazed at the restart, and Johnson followed safely behind the leader at the finish line. Wendell Wallace outdueled Peoples and Busha to pick up third.

Adam Martin picked up the TST Crate Late Model victory over Tim Staples, Adam Gauldin, Jimmy Elkins, and Lee Burdett. Josh Adkins was the Sportsman winner.

  Finish - TST Red Farmer Classic

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