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Real Name: Josh Putnam
Hometown: Florence, AL
Tracks Where I Race: All over the Southeast. North Alabama, North Alabama Speedway, Moulton Speedway, Thunderhill Raceway, Columbus, Magnolia, East Alabama, Whynot, Boyd's, North Georgia, Mountain, Clarksville, Cleveland, Wartburg, Green Valley, Tennessee National, Duck River, Richmond, Talladega Short Track, Bluegrass, Smokey Mountain, Winchester, Toccoa, Greenville.
Non-Racing Hobbies: Spending time with my family, 4 wheeling, riding my Harley, mud riding
Classes I've Raced: Crate, Late Model Stock, Super Late Model
Classes I Currently Race: Super Late Model
My Personal Website: http://www.joshputnamracing.com
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Josh Putnam Racing is a family owned and operated race team specializing in dirt track racing throughout the Southeast. Josh Putnam Racing has been built upon a long history of dirt track racing.
The First Generation
Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, both Glenn England and Billy Putnam drove dirt track race cars. Both men had successful careers at race tracks located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Glenn retired from driving in the early 70’s and later threw the first flag ever thrown at North Alabama Speedway. He continued as flagman at NAS for many years. Billy also retired from driving in the early 70’s and his son Curtis stepped into his footsteps and started driving a dirt car.
The Second Generation
In 1971, the second generation of dirt track racers began when Billy’s son, Curtis, built his first dirt track car. From the early 1970’s through the early 1990’s, Curtis drove the original number 212 race car. Curtis continued the family tradition for about 20 years until he retired from driving around 1990. Curtis also designs and fabricates aluminum Late Model racecar bodies. Some of his designs can be seen on many Late Model cars driven today.
The Third Generation
In 1978, Curtis married Glenn England’s daughter, Connie, uniting the two racing families. In 1983, Curtis and Connie’s first son, Josh, was born. Second son, Logan, came along in 1987. Both sons grew up in their daddy’s shop helping him with his race car. From the time that he was less than 2 years old, Josh could be found out in the shop working with his daddy.
In 1993, Putnam Racing began it’s third generation of racers. 10 year old Josh Putnam began racing Go Karts. By the end of his first racing season, Josh was the Track Champion runner up at Heart of Dixie Kart Track in Killen, AL.
In just a few short years, Josh had moved up to the faster classes and he was racing and winning against adult men that had been driving for years. Josh competed in and won many regular and World Karting Association races. Josh also competed in and won several National Championship races throughout the southeast. In these National events, Josh was competing against hundreds of other racers.
In late 2004, Josh made his debut into a full size dirt track car. At North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, AL, in his very first time in the car, Josh started on the rear of a field of 18 cars in the Late Model Stock class race. He finished this race in 4th place. He finished in 3rd place in his next race at Thunderhill Speedway in Summertown, TN. In only his third time behind the wheel Josh scored his first feature win.
Due to a bad run with engine and mechanical failures, Josh raced very few races in 2005. Of the races that he did get to complete, he still added 3 feature wins, 3 heat wins, 2 third place feature finishes and 1 thirteenth place feature finish.
Putting another car together took up most of the 2006 season. The new car debuted in a personal appearance at the Florence, Alabama Texas Roadhouse on August 11, 2006.
Josh completed 4 nights of racing earning 3 feature wins, 3 heat wins, and 1 third place finish when on September 9, 2006 at Moulton, AL Speedway disaster struck. A slower car, that was being lapped by Josh, spun and came down the track hitting him in the side. The car and Josh ended up upside down and on fire. Josh was okay but the car was burned to a crisp. Three weeks and a lot of hard work later, Josh and his Dad had the car back up and running. But, he was only able to compete in two more races that season.
Josh’s first full season of racing was in 2007. Josh had a very impressive season. Out of 43 heat and feature race starts, Josh has had 23 feature wins, 16 heat wins, 5 second place finishes, 4 third place finishes, 1 fourth place, 1 fifth place, 1 ninth place, 1 tenth place, 1 eleventh place, 1 thirteenth place and only 5 DNF’s (Did Not Finish due to equipment failure or other problem). Josh was the 2007 Track Points Champion in the Late Model Stock/Crate class at Thunderhill Speedway. Additionally, he finished fourth in points at North Alabama Speedway.
Josh competed in several big Series races throughout the Southeast. One of his most notable wins was at Columbus, MS. He competed against 56 other cars to win the Magnolia State Championship Late Model Stock/Crate race.
Josh and Curtis were approached by Don Palmer (Palmer Enterprises/ABC Cash Register) and asked if Josh would drive a Super Late Model for him. Much of the following spring was spent putting the new car together.
The team debuted the new Don Palmer owned 2008 Mastersbilt Super Late Model in May at North Alabama Speedway, Tuscumbia, AL. Engine woes plagued the first couple of attempts to race the new car. But, on just his third time with it at the track, Josh sets quick time and leads every lap of the feature to take the win!
2009 Southern Regional Racing Series 2nd Place Points Champion
In 2009, the Putnam Race Team decided to follow a Series racing for points for the very first time. We decided to follow the Southern Regional Racing Series which holds races at tracks in the South East. Josh made every SRRS race! He won one race and ran consistently in the rest. This would earn him second place in the series points for the 2009 season! Very impressive for a series rookie!
2010 Southern Regional Racing Series 4th Place Points Champion
Once again following the SRRS all over the southeast, the team suffered a lot of DNF's (Did Not Finish) due to various problems through out the season. Josh still managed to pull off a 4th place in the SRRS Points Championship.
2011 Southern Regional Racing Series Points Champion!
Entered 50 Events in 6 States
13 Feature Wins
12 Top 5 Finishes
9 Top 10 Finishes
13 Fastest Overall Qualifying Times
Named on the Top 50 Drivers in America List
Entered The Dream at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Set New Track Qualifying Record at Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, GA)
As you can see racing is in Josh's blood. Literally! He comes from a long history of racers, not just on one side of his family but both. Josh is a third generation dirt track racer following in the footsteps of his father, paternal grandfather and maternal grandfather. This family takes it’s racing seriously. Josh is supported in his racing by his family and each one plays an important role in his racing career.
Josh’s goal is to take his racing career as far as possible. He has spent his early life to learning the skills that it takes to be successful and is actively pursuing his goal.
Josh’s plans for the future, in addition to racing at the local speedways, is to continue to race as many races within the Southeastern United States as possible. For the past several years, the team has entered well known series races such as the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model, World of Outlaws Late Model, the Dream at Eldora Speedway, Southern Regional Racing Series, Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series, Ultimate Racing Series, Southern All Stars, and more. Josh also has been featured in racing magazines such as Dirt Late Model and Late Model Illustrated.
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