By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
Weekend attendance and participation in the seventh annual Mother Road Rally was good, according to rally officials.
“It got off to a slow start but everything turned out OK,” said Melissa Foster, rally board president.
The bikers began to file in and register for the days events which included a poker run, car show, live music, door prizes and a $5,000 cash raffle which was won by Manuel Calbert of Tucumcari.
Calbert said he has no plans of taking a dream vacation, instead he plans to use the money practically.
“I am currently looking for a new job,” Calbert said. “This could not have happened at a better time. This money will help hold me and my family over until I find a job.”
Foster said this is the fourth year that a local resident has won the raffle.
“I think it all turned out OK, all-in-all it was a good rally,” Foster said.
The rally’s first day event which was the cage fighting went over well with the crowd, Foster said.
“The athletes put on a great show,” Foster said. “It did not matter if they won or lost they all had good spirits.”
Local mixed martial arts gym Cullum Ground Fighting had four wins and one draw at the event.
Ray Borg, won by a technical knockout (TKO), Tramae Skinner, won by a guillotine choke, Esteban Martinez, won by a submission arm bar, Jonathan Gonzales-Vargas, won by a rear naked choke and Felicia Lopez, match was a draw.
“It was a great feeling, to compete in front of a home crowd” said Martinez. “What made it even more special was the fact it was my first time in the cage, it was a honor.”
Martinez said he has been training for eight months with Cullum Ground Fighting. He is coached by John, Abel and Jeremiah Cullum.
Cullum Ground Fighting’s group of fighters will be heading to the World Grappling Quest on Aug. 13-14, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.