Harold Robinson takes P.O.D. win at Roxboro
TIMBERLAKE, NC – On April 11th the Pro Outlaw Doorslammers brought "The Show" to Roxboro Dragway for their second race of the 2009 season.
As a fan of heads up doorslammers all my life, it was a treat for me to see Mr. and Mrs. Harold Robinson join the P.O.D. with their 2008 Pontiac GTO.
"Sometimes in drag racing it's better to be lucky than good when the competition is this fierce" said Robinson.
With RB Smith, Bobby Leonard, David Campbell, Doug Winters, Al Morgan, Jim Teachman, Maurice Bea, JD Goad, Ricky Walton, and Donna King in the staging lanes for qualifying, "The Show" would begin for the anxious Roxboro Dragway fans.
After two rounds of qualifying RB Smith would be the #1 man with a 4.171 pass at 170 in his 1963 Vette with Bobby Leonard in his L&H '57 Chevy close behind with a 4.184 at 174. The Robinsons would find themselves in the last spot having to face the #1 qualifier first round.
Harold Robinson took the win over RB Smith while Smith had engine damage. The win would give Robinson a bye run the next round. On the other side of the ladder, Bobby Leonard in his Reher-Morrison Speedtech powered '57 would face a newcomer to the P.O.D., Donna King in her Steve Schmidt powered '63 Vette. After a wild ride Leonard would pick up the win light over King.
In the second round Harold Robinson in the Robinson powered Mountain Motor GTO shook the tires on his solo run. The L&H '57 of Bobby Leonard would be paired up against the screaming blown hemi powered '57 of Doug Winters. Winters, a regular in the Super Chevy Nitro Coupe class, took a huge advantage at the tree having to pedal to stay off the guardrail while Leonard took another round win.
In the semi-finals Leonard would have a bye into the finals while Robinson would face off against Ricky Walton in his small block powered 1994 Cavalier. Walton and Robinson left together at the tree with Robinson taking the win. Leonard would take the light and coast to the finals.
After the burnouts were complete and the cars were backed up in the groove, the crowd was thrilled to have one of their hometown favorites in the P.O.D. final. Robinson would take the advantage from the start and while Leonard had to do some serious driving to get down the track, Robinson would take the victory with a 4.48 to Leonards 4.46.
Harold Robinson has wonhis first Pro Outlaw Doorslammers event but is hoping it wont be his last as he plans to be at Virginia Motorsports Park on May 9 for the third race of the P.O.D season. "Its very rewarding to come out and get a win, especially when you build your own power and your own car," said Robinson.
Story and photo by Camera Man AKA Karon Woodward