Putnam grabs $3,000 victory at Thunderhill
By Connie PutnamDirtonDirt.com correspondent
SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. (Sept. 22) — Pole-starting Josh Putnam of Florence, Ala., led all 40 laps Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway for a $3,000 victory in the unsanctioned Topless Brawl II.
Daniel Miller of Lynchburg, Tenn., finished second followed by Eric Hickerson of Linden, Tenn., the previous week’s feature winner at Thunderhill. Ben Kittrell of Mount Pleasant, Tenn., who held the second spot through the race’s midway point, was fourth and Mark Fields of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., rounded out the top five. | Slideshow
Seth McCormack of Muscle Shoals, Ala., started outside the front row but never completed a lap. He slipped off the banking in turns three and four, and when he refused the request of officials to restart on the tail of the 16-car field, elected to retire.
Three other cautions slowed the race. Randy Todd slowed on the frontstretch with mechanical problems on the fourth lap, Cale Finley lost a driveshaft on lap 20 and Braden Mitchell slipped over the banking in turns one and two on the 26th lap, two laps after Miller took second from Kittrell.
Topless Brawl II: (1) Josh Putnam, (2) Daniel Miller, (3) Eric Hickerson, (4) Ben Kittrell, (5) Mark Fields, (6) Brad Glass, (7) Mark Green, (8) Donald Johns, (9) Richard Smith, (10) Robert Ardry, (11) Derek White, (12) Justin Taylor, (13) Cale Finley, (14) Jerry Owens, (15) Randy Todd, (16) Seth McCormack. Scratched: David Seibers. Fast qualifier (among 17 cars): Putnam, 12.012 seconds.
Correction: Fixes hometowns for Putnam, Fields.