- Apr. 30 - North Alabama Motor Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


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Josh Putnam is interviewed by announcer Ben Shelton after his victory at North Alabama on Saturday. (Connie Putnam)

PRO Dirtcar 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.

Ronny Lee Hollingsworth - Kyle Beard - North Alabama PRO Series

Arkansas traveller Kyle Beard drove to an impressive third at NALMS, but #18 Ronny Lee Hollingsworth bettered him by one. (Connie Putnam)

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.

Anthony Burroughs - Dean Carpenter - Putnam

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.

Kyle Beard - Dean Carpenter - North alabama

Dean Carpenter pressures #86 Kyle Beard before finishing fourth behind Beard on the second night of racing at NALMS. (Connie Putnam)

Eric Cooley - Josh Putnam - PRO Series at North Alabama Motor Speedway

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)

Josh Putnam hd North Ala 

April 30 - North Alabama Motor Speedway - PRO Series
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


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