Battle rages on
The battle will continue at Grafton Speedway tomorrow night in the Motor Torque Automotive Mr Modified second round.
In the first round in Lismore last weekend, young Queenslander 'Lightning' Luke Oldfield threw down the challenge to Australian champion Mark Robinson.
It again promises to be a struggle between the two front-runners.
The Mr Modified Series consists of a feature with a pit stop at the half-way mark, and it was this pit facility that enabled Oldfield to figure in the finish.
He won the first stint by a convincing margin ? more than half a lap ? but looked to be shattered by a flat tyre early in the second.
Oldfield fought his way from the rear of the field to third position and, coupled with his maximum points from the first stint, holds second place overall in the three-round series.
Robinson was concerned about Oldfield's speed.
"He was so quick out there," Robinson said.
"We can't relax; we need to keep trying to make this Ford quicker.
"We were a little fortunate to win in Lismore, but our speed at Grafton is normally pretty good.
"I guess it just depends on whether Luke is going to be just as quick."
Oldfield had the most impressive night of his career, albeit finishing second.
Fourteen V8 Dirt Modifieds have nominated for tomorrow night. Gates will open at 3pm, with racing from 6pm.