Flud Collects Two Golden Drillers
TULSA, Okla. — It’s a night that Frank Flud will never forget. Coming out of “B” Feature competition, the Pryor, Okla., driver led the distance in his Last Chance Qualifier to earn a ticket into the night’s 25-lap feature where everything went his way.
Flud rolled from 17th to win the A Class Non-wing feature during the 29th annual Tulsa Shootout at Tulsa Expo Racway.
Seven races later, Flud again lined up 17thfor the 55 lap Outlaw “A” Feature. With passing points from his Heat and Qualifier placing Flud to the pole of his “B” Feature, a win to advance to the night’s final feature event where, under non-stop green flag laps, Frank Flud became a two-time Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout winner with the pass for the lead coming on lap 41.
A historical achievement by the Oklahoma driver, Flud was one of four from the Sooner State to claim a Golden Driller during a long day of racing on the indoor quarter-mile dir track.
Broken Arrow shoe Cannon McIntosh led the distance in the Junior Sprints with Pauls Valley, Oklahoma’s Steven Shebester coming from 11th to win in the drama filled Non-Wing Outlaw feature.
Sapulpa’s Blake Hahn returned to victory lane in the ECOtec Midgets, scoring his second victory in the division and fifth Tulsa Shootout feature win overall. Hahn was the only winner to have a previous Shootout Championship coming into the 2104 edition.
Californian Tucker Worth led all but five laps to earn the night’s “A” Class feature win. Challenged on the final lap by early leader Nathan Benson, a last corner slide job by the Missouri driver put the pair in a drag race for the win with Worth able to turn down the track and save the win.
Alex Panella led flag to flag to take the Golden Driller back California for the third year, carrying on the streak of California wins started by Dahne Lynn McKay in 2012.
Taking the lead on lap eight in the 1,200cc Mini Sprint feature, Korey Weyant, of Springfield, Ill., earned the “Land of Lincoln” its first driller since 2007.
Overall, 234 events contested saw 153 driver earning a victory through Heat, “C” Feature, Qualifiers, “B” Features, and “A” Features.
Flud’s duel drillers put him atop the win chart with seven victories to his credit across three divisions.
Oklahoma drivers accounted for 94 wins overall during the weekend. Drivers from California earned 65 wins with Indiana drivers accounting for 22 wins. Texas was the only other state to earn double-digit victories with 19.