Drake captures Shootout finale as Kirby wins title
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Sept. 19) — Steve Drake of San Luis Obispo, Calif., captured the West Coast Shootout finale Saturday at Bakersfield Speedway while Mike Kirby of Torrance, Calif., finished third to wrap up the miniseries championship. | Slideshow
Drake earned $2,000 in winning the last race of the six-race collaboration between Bakersfield and Santa Maria Speedway. Kirby, who led Drake by 11 points entering the finale, picked up the championship.
Nick Bartels of El Segundo, Calif., was second in the feature followed by Kirby, A.J. Kirkpatrick of Castroville, Calif., and Clay Daly of Santa Inez, Calif.
West Coast Shootout @ Bakersfield: (1) Steve Drake, (2) Nick Bartels, (3) Mike Kirby, (4) A.J. Kirkpatrick, (5) Clay Daly, (6) Ron Bartels, (7) Zach Johnson, (8) Rob Sanders, (9) John Lowrey, (10) Bill Bartels, (11) Carla Laney, (12) James Cornelius, (13) Logan Drake,j (14) Kevin Nichols, (15) Larry Childress, (16) Bobby Hogge IV. Fast qualifier (among 16 cars): Kirby, 13.305 seconds. Heat race winners: S. Drake, N. Bartels, Kirby.