- Sept. 17-18 - Thunderhill Raceway by Sam Holbrooks


Dane Dacus - Thunderhill Raceway SRRS

Dane Dacus and support system at Thunderhill. Connie Putnam photo

SRRS: Dacus, Burroughs Back On Top at Thunderhill SRRS "Danny Sandrell Memorial"

Connie Putnam

SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. - Memphis area driver Dane Dacus led all the way from the outside pole position to take Friday's Southern Regional Racing Series (SRRS) win after a very strong early season that had cooled somewhat in recent weeks. Coming back on Saturday, Anthony Burroughs, of Athens, Alabama, also continued to ramp up his late season with a flag-to-flag win of his own.

Dane Dacus - Ben Kittrell - SRRS at Thunderhill Raceway

Ben Kittrell tracked Dane Dacus for 30 laps, but couldn't unseat his #54 from the top spot at Thunderhill. (Connie Putnam)

Friday and Saturday's events were designated as a memorial to Danny Sandrell, a longtime area driver and brother of Thunderhill's Marketing and Event Administrator, Jab Sandrell. Sandrell passed away in February of this year.

With 22 Late Model teams on hand, the SRRS dispensed with heat races and aligned the field according to qualifying times. That put Dacus on the outside of row one for the $2,000-to-win 30-lap event after Ben Kittrell of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. eaned the pole position and a $200 fast time award from the  Jason M. Neely "Race For A Cure of Parkinson's Disease Foundation".

Tony Morris - SRRS at Thunderhill Raceway

SRRS founder Tony Morris wrapped his mount in the #17 of the late Danny Sandrell for this event. (Connie Putnam)

Dacus took the lead at the drop of the green and held on to it to take the checkered. Kittrell would chase Dacus for 30 laps, but would have to settle for second place. The middle of the field behind the top two cars was where the action was, with two and three-wide racing throughout.

Chuck Proctor, Anthony Burroughs, David Earl Gentry, Jay Brinkley, Ray McElhiney and Josh Putnam would all do battle for positions. Putnam, who started tenth, started picking the others off and by lap 25, had taken Chuck Proctor's third place position, only to have a lapped car cause him to drop back to fifth as Proctor regained third and Anthony Burroughs got by for fourth.

Anthony Burroughs - Chuck P{roctor - SRRS at Thunderhill Raceway

Saturday night winner Anthony Burroughs and north central Tennessee's Chuck Proctor (#27) at Thunderhill. (Connie Putnam)

Saturday's field fell five entries shy of Friday's 22 drivers, and once again the field lined up by time trials. Once again, the outside front row was the place to be after fast qualifier Eric Hickerson lined up the pole and Burroughs leapt off the outside of the front row and led all the way.

Hickerson held down second until fifth starting Jay Brinkley raced by to finish behind Burroughs. Hickerson settled for third ahead of Dacus and Mark Mears.

Sept 17 - SRRS - Thunderhill Raceway
1) Dane Dacus, 2) Ben Kittrell, 3) Chuck Proctor, 4) Anthony Burroughs, 5) Josh Putnam, 6) Ray McElhiney, 7) Jay Brinkley, 8) Brandon King, 9) Mark Fields, 10) Caleb Ashby, 11) Seth McCormack, 12) Jacob France, 13) Ben Davis, 14) Cale Finley, 15) David Gentry, 16) Tony Morris, 17) Jacob Grizzle, 18) Brand Glass, 19) Eric Hickerson, 20) Tommy Taylor, 21) Mark Green, 22) Seth Daniel.

Fast Time (22 entries): Ben Kittrell (11.718).

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Sept. 18 - SRRS at Thunderhill - 17 cars
1) Anthony Burroughs, 2) Jay Brinkley, 3) Eric Hickerson, 4) Dane Dacus, 5) Mark Mears, 6) Seth Daniel, 7) Mark Fields, 8) Tony Morris, 9) Jacob Grizzle, 10) Chuck Proctor, 11) Jacob France, 12) Ben Davis, 13) Ray McElhiney, 14) Ben Kittrell, 15) Cale Finley, 16) Seth McCormack, 17) Josh Putnam:

Fast Time (17 entries): Hickerson (12.279)

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