In his last season as Chattanooga Lookouts president and general manager, Frank Burke is the Southern League's Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year, as voted on by his peers. The league's attendance leader since 2009, Chattanooga hosted 224,974 fans this season as one of five league clubs with an increase from 2010, and the Lookouts won the North Division second half. Burke previously was executive of the year in 2001, and Lookouts officials have won the award four times in all. Burke is in the process of selling the team he bought with his father, Daniel Burke, and Charles Eshbach in 1995. Baseball America honored the Lookouts in 2002 as the Bob Freitas Award winner for long-term Class AA success. Burke, who has an MBA from Harvard, pitched three years for Middlebury College in Vermont.
Mike Allison of East Ridge won the Foot Brake class this past Saturday night at the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip with a 7.02-second run on a 7.00 dial-in in his 1973 Dodge Charger, and he won the double-money $800 by outdragging 18 cars. Jeffrey Montgomery of Powder Springs, Ga., got $400 for second place in his '69 Chevelle SS, and David Bigham of Calhoun, Ga., was third in a '68 Dart. Also at the strip Saturday night, the jet-powered Heat Wave Funny Car stirred the crowd by going 173.85 mph.
Craig Reece of Dalton won the 20-lap Crate Late Model feature race Sunday at the Rome Speedway. The driver's father, Larry Reece of Dalton, heads the winning team.