Faccinto Wins 30th Annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout

Sunday, January 4th 2015, 10:59 am
By: Dee Duren

Michael Faccinto won the 30th annual Speedway Motors Tulsa shootout, his second victory in three years. Faccinto won the Winged Outlaw A Feature Saturday night.

Four-time Tulsa Shootout winner Jerrod Wilson had the early lead but the Oklahoma veteran had mechanical problems with fewer than 20 laps to go, according to the Tulsa Shootout website.

The top local finisher in that race was Broken Arrow's Jonathan Beason in 5th place with Tulsan Chris Andrews taking 8th and Edmond racer Grady Chandler in 9th position.

Other Oklahoma winners include Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City (A Class Non-Wing), Blake Hahn of Sapulpa (ECOtec Midgets), Frank Flud of Pryor (1,200cc Mini Sprint) and Muskogee's Kaylee Bryson (Restricted A Class).

It was one of the biggest fields in 2014 with more than 1,000 competitors signed up.

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Driver Kevin Ramey has been racing for most of his life, and it's a passion he began as a teen and has now passed down to his kids. The Shootout is a race they never miss.

"My daughter is 17. She just got finished today and my son, he's 12, he's in the restricted class. She's actually in my class, the adult class," Ramey said Saturday.

The biggest thing is, is that it's really good practice for me, myself, for the Chili Bowl coming up here in two weeks," he said.

Drivers come from across the country to scope out the competition - and get familiar with the track - before the big leagues at the Bowl. And the Shootout has become the place in the racing world where names are made.

"Here at the Shootout, we've had Jamie McMurray which runs NASCAR; we've got Ricky Stinthouse; we've got Kyle Larson, all of them guys had ran here at the Shootout and won here at the shootout and so they, it's just a stepping stone to bigger and better things," said Oklahoma racing legend Emmett Hahn.

Bigger and better things that many of the young drivers dare to dream about as they take off on the same tracks where others have placed their stake.