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North Carolina's Ray Cook returned to the scene of his season opening SRRS "Bama Bash" victory at Green Valley Speedway for his second win on the tour last weekend. (Thomas Hendrickson) 

Johnson and Cook Share Green Valley SRRS Doubleheader

By Janet Sandrell

GLENCOE, Ala. - April 17. The PPM Race Products sponsored Southern Regional Racing Series took their Super Late Model show to "Rumble in the Jungle" at Green Valley Speedway for a double header, with two complete nights of racing.

On Friday, 21 Late Model drivers from five states entered the $2,000 to win feature race. Stacy Holmes set the pace with the fastest qualifying time, but from an outside front row start, Ray Cook took the lead early in the race and stayed there to the checkered flag. Anthony Burroughs finished second after starting in eighth place. Holmes, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth and Tony Morris rounded out the top five.

On Saturday, the SRRS would lose some of the previous night’s participants and pick up some new ones to have 24 drivers enter the 40-lap, $3,000 to win contest. Holmes started the night by repeating the night before as the fast qualifier to secure the inside pole start

A caution for a major pile up before the first lap was completed set the tone for the rest of the feature. It was an action packed, caution filled race that was at times three and four cars wide. The fans would see five different leaders during the 40-lap feature.

After a slip off the back stretch during qualifying left him with an eighth row starting position for the feature, veteran driver Ronnie Johnson moved methodically toward the front of the pack. Johnson would definitely earn the Hard Charger Recognition for moving from 16th to take the win. Rounding out the top five finishers were Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Stacy Holmes, Tony Morris and Anthony Burroughs.

Friday’s recap: The top six drivers that locked into the feature from qualifying were Stacy Holmes, Ray Cook, Chuck Proctor, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth and Tony Morris. The two heat race winners were Jacob Grizzle and Anthony Burroughs. Brinkley Farm’s 10th place award winner, Eric Hickerson, will receive $50. DBR Performance Starters’ 12th place award winner, Mike Collins, receives a $75 gift certificate. Double H Race Fabrication’s 15th place award winner, Virgil Taylor, will receive a $50 off certificate. Hard Charger recognition for the race goes to Brandon King who moved from a 16th place start to an eighth place finish.

Saturday’s recap: The top six drivers that locked into the feature were Stacy Holmes, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Ray Cook, Eric Wells, Tony Morris and Eric Hickerson. Heat race winners were Chuck Proctor and Anthony Burroughs. Brinkley Farm’s 10th place award winner, Mike Collins, will receive $50. DBR Performance Starters’ 12th place award winner, Chuck Proctor, receives a $75 gift certificate. Double H Race Fabrication’s 15th place award winner, Lamar Haygood, will receive a $50 off certificate.

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