TULSA, Okla. — Seven Golden Drillers were claimed — six by first-time winners — as the 34th Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout wrapped up Saturday night inside the River Spirit Center.
California’s Ben Worth led the charge of first-time winners with his victory in the night’s 55-lap Outlaw A-Feature.
Chasing Frank Flud the first five laps, the Driven Midwest No. 81 suddenly stalled with Worth banking off Flud’s right rear and nearly sailing into the fence. Able to save his No. 10j from disaster, Dylan Kadous was the driver giving chase with the Kansas racer’s night ending on Lap 25 to advance Jake Hagopian into the runner-up spot.
Able to build his lead to over two seconds, slower traffic would begin changing the story line as Worth found himself boxed in with Jake Hagopian and Brady Bacon now closing in. Closing rapidly as the race worked past the 40th lap, a misstep on the cushion in traffic put Hagopian to the point, but just as easily as traffic can give, it will take away as the caution light came on before the field could complete the lap; putting Worth back to the point on the restart.
Rolling a do or die slide job on the restart, the move would prove fatal to Hagopian’s chances as the No. 14d went sideways into the infield with Bacon and Joe B. Miller racing past. Worth crossed the finish line 0.913 seconds ahead of Bacon. Third went to Miller with K.J. Show fourth and Zeb Wise fifth.
Taking the lead from the pole, Wise was the class of the field in Outlaw Non-Wing competition. Chased by Russ Dissinger, a nearly three-second advantage was cut down quickly as Wise worked into traffic with seven laps to go. Railing the cushion, the challenge for the lead was a corner away, but a car into the wall among the leaders brought the caution lights on with five laps to run.
With the green displayed, Wise was able to run away as Dissinger held off the charge of Kyle Spence and Brady Bacon with Hank Davis rounding out the top five.
The second driver from Delaware to top the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, Kyle Spence capitalized on a bobble by Jonathan Beason on the seventh revolution of the Stock Non-Wing feature as the pair raced off the fourth turn.
Keeping the field at bay until the final five laps, slower traffic entered the equation with Spence and Beason exchanging the lead several times with Jonathan threading his BA Lawn and Garden No. 36 through slower cars.
Turning off the cushion with the checkered flag in sight, Beason would come up shy by 0.018 seconds as Spence grabbed the win. Beason in second was trailed by Chris Cochran with Chase Cabre and Gage Robb.
Taking the lead in A-Class from the front row, Oklahoma’s Trey Robb kept pace on the field until lap 19. Utilizing a mid-race restart, Hyper Racing shoe, James Morris, heaved his No. 81d upon the cushion to keep pace with Robb’s No. 12g. Letting his momentum get right for the move, Morris pulled the trigger on the slide on lap 19.
Diving the bottom of the third turn, the move was answered swiftly, but through the next set of turns, Robb was not able to return the favor as Morris raced into the lead. Caution with two laps to run, the No. 81d of Morris was unchallenged for the win while the race for second saw Hagopian charge from fifth. Garrett Hulsey followed Hagopian’s form to score third with Gage Robb rolling to fourth from 17th to relegate Trey Robb to a fifth-place finish.
With a firm grasp on the lead, Garrett Benson looked to be on his way to victory in the Junior Sprints, but on lap 17, that all changed as the No. 2b went spinning in turn-one after contact from a lapped car. Putting the lead in the hands of 13th-starting Colby Sokol, the No. 25b was stalked by California’s Austin Wood. Patiently around the bottom, the final lap was anything but as Wood put the pressure to the No. 25b, taking the win off the final turn by 0.315 seconds. Colby Sokol settled for second with Jett Barnes third after starting 10th. Baron Silva and Jack Thomas made the top five.
Another instance of the lead well in hand, California’s Ryan Rocha saw his night end with a violent hit on lap seven in Restricted competition after a slower car bounced off the front straightaway wall. With both drivers involved unharmed, the race resumed with Oklahoma’s Shawn Mahaffey on the point.
Unchallenged the rest of the race, Mahaffey’s lead was nice as the checkered flag dropped. Racing side by side for the last half of the race, Ryan Timms bested Chase Hyland for the second podium step. Jake Avedisian and Xavier Doney made up the top five.
The first event at the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout for the Xcel 600cc Modifieds, a bump-and-run move by Blake Hahn on lap 10 was the one that delivered the Oklahoma shoe his eighth career Golden Driller. Going door-to-door with the No. 127 of Korey Inglin through turns three and four for the pass, the New Jersey racer tried a couple for the lead with no success.
Through several cautions, and a red flag for fence repair, Hahn would grab the win over AMA Hall of Fame Rider Ronnie Jones, who debuted in the Xcel Modified division. Aaron Bowes from seventh came up to third with Chad Dugan fourth. A rough start to the weekend for Ty Hulsey, driver of the No. 4g the best of things with a run from 13th to fifth.
The event saw 275 races contested among seven divisions with 1,159 entries. Dates for the 35th Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout are January 1, 2020, through January 4, 2020.