Talladega Short Track
Yates captures Top Tracks finale at Talladega
From series reports
EASTABOGA, Ala. (Oct. 26) — Track champion Logan Yates of Delta, Ala., took the lead with nine laps remaining in the 30-lap Carl Black Top Tracks Challenge Series event at Talladega Short Track to capture the season finale.
Kenny Gaither finished in the second spot with Jay Blair third. Fourth spot went to Jeff Fields with Derrick Rainey rounding out the top five.
Gaither, who set fast time among the 63 entrants, jumped to the lead at the outset and used the low groove to hold off competitors for more than 20 laps.
Yates, who jumped into the high groove midway through the race, took the second spot from Blair and then overtook Gaither on the 21st lap en route to a $1,500 victory.
Yates became the 11th winner in 11 races on the 2007 Top Tracks tour. ... Jake Knowles of Tyrone, Ga., who finished 14th in the feature, was crowned the 2007 series champion. The top six drivers in series points were recognized on the frontstretch following the race. ... Bob Gibby won the crate engine giveaway among drivers who attended every 2007 series event. ... The postrace ceremonies included Debra Swims and Chase swims, the wife and son of late promoter Mike Swims, who served as a consultant for the series. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature field: Mike Head, Frankie Beard, Dee Hindman, Lamary Haygood, Dewayne Aldridge, Keith Freeman, Robert Stutts and Parrish Duncan. ... Information will be announced about the postseason banquet for the crate series.
Talladega Short Track: (1) Logan Yates, (2) Kenny Gaither, (3) Jay Blair, (4) Jeff Fields, (5) Derrick Rainey, (6) Jonathan Chapman, (7) Ted Lackey, (8) Lee Burdette, (9) Josh Putnam, (10) Tony Kemp, (11) Rick Hixson, (12) Chris Tays, (13) Curtis Cline, (14) Jake (Knowles, (15) Johnny Stokes, (16) Chip Brindle, (17) Jeff Wilson, (18) Jody Summerville, (19) Chuck Padgett, (20) Bill Flowers, (21) Carlton Freeman, (22) Dustin Stewart, (23) Corey Korreckt, (24) Jason Hiett, (25) Todd Murphy.