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August 14
Talladega Short Track,
Eastaboga, AL
Sanction: Southern All Star Series (B.J. Parker Memorial) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 15, 4:07 am)
Page wins $10,000 Governor's Cup at TST
B.J. Parker Memorial
  1. Michael Page
  2. Dalton Cook
  3. Austin Horton
  4. Dylan Knowles
  5. Josh Adkins
  6. Eli Beets
  7. Blake Craft
  8. Dallas Cooper
  9. Payton Freeman
  10. Dillon Tidmore
  11. Ahnna Parkhurst
  12. Billy Franklin
  13. Kyle Beard
  14. Riley Hickman
  15. Wil Herrington
  16. Ryan Wilson
  17. John Ownbey
  18. Tim Roszell
  19. Sam Seawright
  20. Randy Weaver
  21. Tim Busha
  22. Christian Hanger
  23. Mark Dodson
  24. Cruz Skinner
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What won the race: Inheriting the lead on lap 57 after race-long pacesetter Riley Hickman suffered a flat right-rear tire, Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga., captured the $10,000 Southern All Star Series victory in Saturday's B.J. Parker Memorial Governor's Cup at Talladega Short Track. He finished ahead of Dalton Cook and Austin Horton.
Key notes: Three cautions slowed the action, all for turn-four incidents in the last 13 laps.… The B.J. Parker Memorial Governor’s Cup marked one of the biggest Southern All Star events of the season and honored the tour's founder.
On the move: Austin Horton of Newnan, Ga., started 14th finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Page’s Stinger Race Car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Baird Sales & Rentals, Baird Truck & Trailer Sales, Cove 2 Coast Marine, National Transportation Insurance Specialists, Schaeffer’s Oil and T&T Trucking.
Points chase: Before Talladega: 1. Payton Freeman (1,176); 2. Billy Franklin (814); 3. Mark Dodson (740); 4. Josh Putnam (622); 5. Sam Seawright (402).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 73°F
Car count: 45
Fast qualifier: Riley Hickman
Time: 14.690 seconds
Polesitter: Riley Hickman
Heat race winners: Riley Hickman, Dylan Knowles, Michael Page, Payton Freeman
Consolation race winners: Cruz Skinner, Christian Hanger
Next series race: August 21, I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, TN) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

EASTABOGA, Ala. — Pressuring race-long leader Riley Hickman late in Saturday's Southern All Star feature, Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga., took control with four laps remaining at Talladega Short Track when Hickman pulled up lame with a flat tire.

With Hickman pulling off the track, Page completed his third career Governor's Cup victory at the third-mile oval for a $10,000 payday in the 60-lap main event.

"It feels good," Page said in victory lane. "I knew if Riley kept sliding the tire, it wasn't going to be there. He did it a couple of times really bad, and I just tried to keep my car straight just to be there at the end. I hate it for him. He drove a good race. I'm just glad to be here."

The third-starting Page acknowledged that he made contact with the left-rear corner of Hickman's Billy Franklin-owned car with about 20 laps remaining, but insisted that contact didn't have anything to do with pole-starting Hickman's demise because "he just burned his tire up," Page said.

Sixth-starting Dalton Cook of Columbus, Ga., finished 1.264 seconds behind Page while 14th-starting Austin Horton of Newnan, Ga., rallied to finish third, improving three spots in the final 10 laps. Outside front-row starter Dylan Knowles of Lanett, Ala., settled for fourth with Josh Adkins of Talladega, Ala., rounding out the top five.

Hickman jumped into the early lead and controlled the first half of the race, turning back a mid-race challenge from Knowles on the frontstretch as leaders worked lapped traffic.

Page took the second spot from Knowles just past halfway and began chasing the leader, making an outside move with 14 laps remaining, just before the race's first caution flew when top-five-running Sam Seawright spun in turn four.

Page continued to hound Hickman as two more cautions in turn four — for Ryan Wilson's spin on lap 53 and then Wil Herrington's spin on lap 55 — slowed the action.

On the final restart, Hickman went back to work, but he lost speed exiting turn four on the 57th lap with Page zipping past the take command.

Page went on to tally his seventh career Southern All Star victory, the third at Talladega.

Notes: Page also has three Southern All Star victories at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway. ... His other series victory came May 7 at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. ... The 60-lap event honored the tour's founder, B.J. Parker. ... Eleven of 24 starters finished on the lead lap.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Hickman, Knowles
Row 2: Page, Freeman
Row 3: Seawright, Cook
Row 4: Weaver, Adkins
Row 5: Craft, Beets
Row 6: Cooper, Busha
Row 7: Tidmore, Horton
Row 8: Parkhurst, Roszell
Row 9: Skinner, Hanger
Row 10: Beard, Herrington
Row 11: Ownbey, Wilson
Row 12:  Franklin, Dodson
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