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Burroughs Holds Off Thomas For Penton NeSmith Series Win

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 lapped traffic.

“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 tonight.”

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.

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