Burroughs Holds Off Thomas For Penton NeSmith Series
PENTON, Ala. – June 11. Anthony Burroughs of Athens, Ala.
drove his ALT Transportation Mastersbilt to the win on Friday in the 50-lap main event for the NeSmith Super
Dirt Car Series at Penton Raceway. Burroughs held off a late-race charge from William Thomas of
Phenix City , Ala. in heavy
“I knew William was there, but those lapped cars just wouldn’t get out of the way,
but we got by them and got the win,” Burroughs said. “This is a good series because it is an economical series
that allows a choice of less expensive engines to compete on a level playing field, and that was shown here
Burroughs made it a clean sweep, as he was also the fast qualifier with a lap
around the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval in 14.180 seconds with a spec engine under the hood of his race car. The
competitiveness among the different engines allowed in the NeSmith Super Dirt Car Series that Burroughs spoke of
was clear in the top four finishers.
Thomas took the second spot with an all-steel engine under of the hood of his race
car. Scott Knowles drove his Warrior, powered by a GM Performance 604 Crate
Engine, to a third-place finish over Terrance Nowell and his open engine.
Burroughs and Turner raced side-by-side for opening
lap of the race with Burroughs taking the lead coming off the fourth turn. Turner kept looking to inside to
challenge for the point, as Nowell had the third spot followed by Thomas and Taylor.
By lap five, Knowles had charged from his seventh starting spot to pass
Taylor for fifth. Scott Knowles worked inside
Nowell on lap six to take fourth position. Turner began to have steering problems on lap 11, as Thomas and Knowles
moved by to take the second and third spots.
Burroughs had extended his lead to a full straightaway by lap 12, but Thomas began
to close the gap on each lap. By lap 20, Thomas had made up half the distance, but Burrough’s lead was erased on
lap 22 when Taylor spun in turn two and collected Crim.
With Thomas on Burrough’s back bumper for the restart, a side-by-side battle for
the lead ensued when the green flag came back out. That hotly contested challenge for the lead was cooled off on
lap 25 when Turner stopped on the track while running fourth. When the field went back to green flag action,
Burroughs turned up the wick and had a half-straightaway lead by lap 30.
Burroughs caught a pair of lapped cars battling side-by-side for position on lap
40, and had trouble finding a clear route around them. Thomas was on the charge and pulled up on the leader’s back
bumper with five laps to go. Burroughs found a way around the lapped cars on lap 48, and with Thomas still caught
behind them, pulled away to take the win.
NeSmith Racing Series - Penton
Raceway - June 11
1. Anthony Burroughs, 2. William Thomas, 3. Scott
Knowles, 4. Terrance Nowell, 5. Dillon Crim, 6. Ryan King, 7. Craig Scott, 8. Matthew
Turner, 9. Virgil Taylor, 10. Duane Treadwell, 11. Chris Arnett, 12. Marc Gooden, 13.
Matt Dooley, 14. Roger Arnett.