Chris Gehrke, who had severe head injuries in last week's ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway, died at a Birmingham hospital.

Cullen Clark, spokesman at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, said Gehrke, 25, of Lincoln, Ill., died at 10:25 a.m. EDT in the neuro-intensive care unit, where he was treated following surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Gehrke never regained consciousness after sustaining a massive head injury, Clark said.Locally . . .