latemodelamerica.com - Apr. 29 - North Alabama Motor Speedway
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Anthony Burroughs PRO winner at North Alabama

Anthony Burroughs after racing his new Pierce Race Car to the PRO Series win at North Alabama Motor Speedway. (Connie Putnam) 

Dean Carpenter - North Alabama PRO Series

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 Putnam)

PRO Dirtcar Series: Burroughs Scores First Win of 2011 in PRO Season Opener

Ben Shelton, series p.r.

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 - Ronny Lee Hollingsworth - PRO 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)

Rick Rickman - Josh Putnam - North Alabama Motor Speedway PRO

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 - Daniel Miller - PRO Series at North Alabama

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 - Ronny Lee Hollingsworth - Putnam

Kyle Beard races inside of #18 Ronny Lee Hollingsworth before bringing his battered #86 home with fourth place. (Connie Putnam)

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 - PRO Series
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 Washington

Connie Putnam photo

 

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