Josh Putnam is interviewed
by announcer Ben Shelton after his victory at North Alabama on Saturday. (Connie
Series: Putnam Gets Redemption at North Alabama
Ben Shelton, series p.r.
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – April 30. Less than 24 hours after spinning from the lead in the feature, Josh Putnam returned
to the scene of the crime and claimed sweet redemption as led wire-to-wire in the $2,000 win, PRO Dirt Car Series
at North Alabama Speedway on Saturday.
After blazing to the Southern Belle Pole Qualifier award for the feature, Putnam started on the pole with Rick
Rickman joining him on the front row for the main event. As the race went green Putnam jumped to the lead with Kyle
Beard, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Rick Rickman, and Anthony Burroughs in tow.
Arkansas traveller Kyle Beard drove to an impressive third at NALMS, but #18 Ronny
Lee Hollingsworth bettered him by one. (Connie
Putnam quickly jumped to a straightaway advantage before the race’s first caution was displayed on lap eight as
Mark Dodson made hard contact with the front stretch wall. On the ensuing restart Putnam once again drove away from
the pack as Beard and Hollingsworth began to battle for the second spot. Hollingsworth claimed the spot for good on
the 11th circuit.
Hollingsworth pursued Putnam for the next several laps until a lap 33 caution flag regrouped the
field. During the caution flag, fourth running Eric Cooley ducked into the pits and was joined by Rick Rickman.
Cooley would rejoin the field, but Rickman was finished for the night.
Friday night winner Anthony Burroughs found things a bit more
problematic on Saturday as he spins and collectss #51 Dean Carpenter. Carpenter survived the scrape to finish
fourth. (Connie Putnam)
The event would be slowed one more time on lap 35, but Putnam remained unphased as he motored to the win over
Hollingsworth, Beard, Dean Carpenter, and Jay Burchfield.
In victory lane an enthusiastic, Putnam commented, “We don’t run a lot of events with this tire rule, so we were
worried we had gone the wrong way on tires, but as the event progressed the car just kept getting better. It feels
so good to make up for my mistake last night.”
Brian Rickman received the GRT Race Cars Hard Luck Award after mechanical woes prior to the start of the feature
resulted in him relinquishing his third starting position for the main event as he scratched from the program.
Dean Carpenter pressures #86 Kyle Beard before finishing fourth behind Beard on the
second night of racing at NALMS. (Connie
Eric Cooley was racing in fourth place when he was forced to pull off the track, while #212
Josh Putnam led throughout to claim Saturday's PRO Series win at North Alabama Motor
Speedway. (Connie Putnam)
April 30 - North Alabama Motor Speedway - PRO
1) Josh Putnam, 2) Ronny Lee
Hollingsworth, 3) Kyle Beard, 4) Dean Carpenter, 5) Jay Burchfield, 6) Eric Cooley, 7) Johnny
Stokes, 8) Tony Shelton, 9) Jason Milam, 10) Anthony Burroughs, 11) Rick Rickman, 12) Mark
Dodson, 13) Ray Mauldin, 14) Wayne Vintson, 15) Brian Rickman.
Connie Putnam photo