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Elgin’s Kauffman Motorsports takes Sonny Greer Memorial Race, again

Posted: July 5, 2013 10:02 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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MEMBERS OF THE Kauffman Motorsports team celeberates after winning the Quick 8 Outlaws division at the Sonny Greer Memorial Races.

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For the second year in a row, Robbie Matthews piloted the Kauffman ’57 Chevy to victory in the Quick-8 Outlaws competition at the Sonny Greer Memorial Race on June 15, at the Legendary Darlington Dragway. 
 Team Kauffman punished the field despite a forced transmission change in between early rounds. The number one qualifier of the day, Matthews also scored the lowest elapsed time for the event when he took the semi-final round in under 4 seconds, with a time of 3.924 at 187.50 miles per hour.
 The Quick 8 Outlaws final was slated to pit the Kauffman ’57 Chevy against Greg Godwin’s ’63 Corvette.  The crowd, however, didn’t get to see the much anticipated final show-down between the pro-mod Chevrolets, as Godwin’s ’63 Corvette broke prior to the call, leaving the Kauffman ‘57 Chevy to take the win.
 Bracket Racing was just as exciting with the pits quickly filling with the drivers, families and crews from tracks across the state and region that turned out for the popular event at the “House of Speed.” Thanks to Darlington’s hard-hooking track, competition rounds were fierce throughout the evening. In the battle for the Top Eliminator, Jimmy Jackson and his ’81 blue and white Camaro seized the win, leaving Jimmy Berley and his Dragster in the runner-up slot.  
Buddy Plyler, in his ’72 Nova, won the Modified event with Sammy Cranford and his ’91 Mustang coming in second. In the Junior Dragster series, which featured the event’s youngest competitors, Jordan Baker scored the win with Harrison Cox nabbing second place.
 Sponsored by the Palmetto Drag Racer Association (PDRA) and Darlington Dragway, the annual event honors the memory of Kershaw County resident, businessman and friend, Sonny Greer, who passed away unexpectedly in 2005 at the young age of 47. A founding member of the PDRA, Greer is widely remembered for his honest character, fun spirit and generous nature. He was also known for his skill with high-performance cars and engines, along with a talent for custom automobile restoration.
 Greer’s wife Becky and daughter Rebecca were on hand in Victory Circle to present trophies, portions of the purse and congratulations to the winners.  Mrs. Greer expressed appreciation to the Palmetto Drag Racers Association, noting it was the ninth time the group has sponsored the event. 
“The race was first organized when Kip Kauffman was president of the PDRA,” she said. “Our family appreciates the continued support the membership provides, and also the relationship with Ronnie Siders and the Darlington track which has hosted the last eight races.
“The event attracts a wide field of participants, and we realize that it takes a lot of effort to coordinate schedules to make that happen.”  
Greer then recognized Team Kauffman and commented that their victory was bittersweet. “Not only were they motivated to win in memory of Sonny, but for owner Kip Kauffman’s mother, Lucy, who very recently passed away.”
Greer also thanked the staff at Darlington for keeping the track and facilities in great condition throughout the day, and Michael Branham Roofing Contractors for their donation to the event.  As the last pictures were taken, Greer’s daughter Rebecca remarked “I enjoy seeing my daddy’s friends and their families every year, and meeting new people.  We thank everybody for coming to the race.”

Race Results
Quick 8 Outlaws
Winner:  Robbie Matthews, Kauffman Motorsports ‘ 57 Chevy, Elgin
Runner up: Greg Godwin, ‘ 63 Corvette, Orangeburg

Top Eliminator
Winner: Jimmy Jackson ‘81 Camaro, Rowland, N.C.
Runner up: Jimmy Berley, Dragster, Newberry.

Modified
Winner: Buddy Plyler, ’72 Nova, Pageland
Runner up: Sammy Cranford ’91 Mustang, Hartsville

Junior Dragster
Winner:  Jordan Baker, Sumter
Runner-up: Harrison Cox, Conway

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