Anthony Burroughs after racing his new Pierce
Race Car to the PRO Series win at North Alabama Motor Speedway. (Connie Putnam)
Mississippi veteran Dean Carpenter gets it a litle
airborne in PRO Series action at North Alabama Speedway Friday. Carpenter survived the beating to finish
eighth in the rundown. (Connie
Dirtcar Series: Burroughs Scores First Win of 2011 in PRO Season Opener
Ben Shelton, series
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – April 29. After what has been the toughest start to a season in his career,
Anthony Burroughs from Rogersville, Alabama found his way into victory lane for the first time as he battled past
Rick Rickman late in the race to claim the $2,000 win at North Alabama Speedway in the season opener for the PRO
Dirt Car Series.
Anthony Burroughs races ahead of #18 Ronny Lee
Hollingsworth before taking Friday's PRO Series win at North Alabama Motor Speedway. Hollingsworth hopped the
cushion while running third and retired for the night. (Connie Putnam)
Josh Putnam and #86 Rick Rickman both led the PRO event at North
Alabama on Friday, but Putnam spun from the lead and Rickman gave his up to Anthony Burroughs late in the race and
took second. (Connie Putnam)
After being the only driver in the 12 second bracket in qualifying, Rick Rickman earned the
Southern Belle pole position for the 40 lap feature with Josh Putnam starting alongside him. After seeing the first
three attempts to get the race underway nullified by cautions for various incidents, the race finally went green
with Putnam leading Rickman, Burroughs, Kyle Beard, and Ronny Lee Hollingsworth.
Putnam paced the field for the first seven circuits until bad luck struck for the leader, when
he jumped the cushion and spun out of turn two to bring out the caution. He would rejoin the field, but on the tail
with Rick Rickman inheriting the lead.
Brian Rickman picked up the third place finish right behind brother
Rick on Friday. (Connie Putnam)
As the race went back green, Rickman led the way with Burroughs and Beard in pursuit. One lap
later, Hollingsworth raced past Beard for third and looked to be on his way to the front, until he too jumped the
cushion in turn two to bring out the caution. Hollingsworth called it a night.
The race then underwent a long green flag run, and it appeared that Rickman was on his way to
the opening night win, but Burroughs had other ideas. As Rickman worked the cushion, Burroughs worked the low side
and with six laps to go, he claimed the lead exiting turn four. Burroughs went on to motor away from the field as
claimed the win over Rickman, Brian Rickman, Beard, and Putnam, who rebounded from his early race issues.
Kyle Beard races inside of #18 Ronny Lee Hollingsworth before
bringing his battered #86 home with fourth place. (Connie
In an emotional victory lane interview, Burroughs commented, “It’s been an incredibly tough time
for us this year, and then this past week has been so tough for so many people in this area with the devastation
from the tornadoes. This win is dedicated to everyone, who has experienced losses this week.”
Ronny Lee Hollingsworth won the RacingJunk.com First Qualifier, while Daniel Miller won the
MSRMafia.com Second Qualifier.
Jason Milam received the GRT Race Cars Hard Luck Award after making hard contact with the front
stretch wall in the feature.
April 29 - North Alabama Motor Speedway -
1) Anthony Burroughs, 2) Rick
Rickman, 3) Brian Rickman, 4) Kyle Beard, 5) Josh Putnam, 6) Daniel Miller, 7) Eric Cooley, 8) Dean
Carpenter, 9) Tony Shelton, 10) Jay Burchfield, 11) Jerry Owens, 12) Mark Dodson, 13) Jason Milam, 14)
Mike Fields, 15) Johnny Stokes, 16) Ray Mauldin, 17) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, 18) Chase
Connie Putnam photo