Wed, 02 Dec 2020, 19:24 PM
Austin Clinches 2020 Outlaw Fuel Altered Championship
Courtesy of Chris Graves
Austin and team celebrate Championship
Well, 2020, what can we say? For most, including the members and fans of the Outlaw Fuel Altered
Association, we're just thankful for the ability to get some racing completed. It was a four race
effort this season for the Good Vibrations Motorsports OFAA Championship series, presented by Lone
Star Forklift. This marked the 24th consecutive season for the group, which has stood the test of
time and remains a main attraction for fans across Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. The start was
delayed until May, but once the pipes were lit it was business as usual for the always entertaining
series competing in the Southwest.
At the May 23rd season opener held at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas, Jody Austin and team
"BushWhacker" got the winning started by defeating Donny McSwain's "Wild One" with a 3.82 to a
4.00. Going rounds was a trend we'd see more of from Austin and company as the season progressed.
The next stop on tour brought the series back to Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri for the first
time in five years and again it was Austin in the final round, this time facing veteran and
multi-time series Champion Jimmy Jones. Jones' "Texas Tremor" was forced to shut off with a leak on
the starting line and Austin took the solo to victory earning more precious points before heading
to a summer break in the schedule.
Racing resumed Labor Day weekend as the Outlaw Fuel Altereds thundered into Ardmore Dragway in
Ardmore, Oklahoma to headline their annual Hot Rod Reunion event. Austin's win streak ended in the
semi-finals at Ardmore while Aaron Morrow wheeled Terry Darby's "Nitro Relapse" entry to the last
dance against Raymond Dawson in the "High Octane" entry. Morrow took this one with a 3.83 to a
3.95, which set the stage for what looked to be an epic three way points battle to conclude the
season between Austin, Morrow and Jones.
September 18th and 19th the series returned to Xtreme Raceway Park for the two day Championship
Finals event in Ferris, Texas. Coming into competition, only sixteen points separated number one
Austin from number three Jones, with Morrow comfortably in second within striking distance. With
two rounds of qualifying on tap for Friday night, the pressure was on, but by the end of the night,
things would look a lot different for Morrow and Jones.
Morrow's troubles started right off the bat with engine troubles on his first pass which slowed him
to a 4.40 and damage sustained prevented him from making the call for the second session, losing
those valuable points and qualifying a disappointing tenth in the twelve car field. For Jones, it
was worse, as on his first pass the car went into tire shake and suddenly shot across the
centerline, simultaneously shooting the left side rear slick out from under the car, sending it
wildly down the track with sparks flying into the nights sky.
Jones walked away under his own power and was uninjured in the wild incident, but his efforts at
the Championship Finals were over. Morrow and team led by car owner Terry Darby thrashed to get
their engine repaired for first round eliminations on Saturday, but odds were stacked against them
at this point. Despite a strong effort, Morrow's troubles continued with major engine damage in his
winning semi-final match. Meanwhile, Austin had clinched the title by winning his first round
pairing over Rick Lewelling, then defeated Donny McSwain in the semis to move into the finals
against the "Magic Dragon" owned by Jody's father Raymond Austin and driven by Mark Billington.
The season ended with a win by Billington, as Austin's car went up in immediate tire smoke at the
hit of the throttle, but not to worry, the Championship was in the bag as Jody and his team
celebrated their first Outlaw Fuel Altered Championship while father Raymond and driver Billington
visited the winners circle with their win at the season finale.
2021 looks promising for the OFAA series as it heads into its historic 25th consecutive season of
racing and with six events planned, should be a showdown to the end as Austin and team
"BushWhacker" look to defend their title against a strong field of heavy hitting winged warriors
from across the southern states. A big thanks to series sponsors Good Vibrations Motorsports, Lone
Star Forklift, Littlefield Blowers, Taylor Motorsports Products, Meyer Enterprises, Entech Oil and
Precision Reprographics. Find out more about the series at www.ofaa.net.
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