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Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout Is Valuable For Chili Bowl Hopefuls

For many drivers, this week’s Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout is a tune-up for the upcoming Chili Bowl Nationals.

Dec 28, 2021 by FloRacing Staff

There’s no home field advantage when it comes to the Tulsa Expo Raceway.

As a temporary track which is rebuilt each winter, the best experience one can garner inside the SageNet Center is more and more laps. That’s exactly what this week’s Tulsa Shootout supplies for many of the top Chili Bowl stars.

47 drivers in this week’s field of 1,700+ entries at the “Mecca of Micros” are expected to return in two weeks to chase the Golden Driller at the Chili Bowl Nationals.Live Now, Dec 29-Jan 12022 Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout

Headlining that list is 12 former Tulsa Shootout champions who have parlayed their micro success into midget stardom inside the Expo.

“Going there and running the Micros is huge for me,” said three-time Chili Bowl champion, Christopher Bell. “It’s a good opportunity to re-learn the track layout and figure out how the berm effects the cars. The track construction is very similar each year, but the track still develops different little nuances each time it’s built.”

It’s a fact that really hit the limelight during Kyle Larson’s mega 2021 season: all seat time proves valuable.

The two-time Chili Bowl champion admitted he didn’t feel as strong entering last year’s Chili Bowl without any off-season racing to rely on. He proved it this year just being behind the wheel and putting yourself in situations will pay off later down the line, especially when it comes to a unique venue such as Tulsa.

So, for certain drivers at the Shootout, it’s a chance to chase four extra Golden Drillers, but also dial yourself in for the big one in January.

Bell and Bacon headline the group and share the rare distinction of racing both events for the same team. Bell is reunited with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, who he won three Chili Bowl titles with, and Bacon is still with longtime car owner TKH Motorsports, who he has two Tulsa Shootout wins with. Behind The Scenes: C-Bell's Micro Shop

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VIDEO: Racing in the Tulsa Shootout is advantageous for racers like Christopher Bell. 

A trio of young stars including Ryan Timms (15), Brent Crews (13), and Gavan Boschele (13) will make crucial laps this week ahead of their Chili Bowl debuts in two weeks. All three are running quadruple duty in the Shootout with Timms & Crews paired with CB Industries and Boschele at KKM come Chili Bowl time.

There is also a legion of Oklahomans doing the double such as Jason McDougal, Jonathan Beason, Cannon McIntosh, Frank Flud, Trey Marcham and Blake Hahn. All of them have experienced the Golden Driller glory at Shootout and have thousands of laps in that building to rely on.

Several USAC stars like Tanner Thorson (driving for Scott Sawyer), Kevin Thomas Jr. (driving for Jon Farrell & Kevin Reed), and Logan Seavey (driving for Ten-J) are venturing out of their comfort zone to hit the Expo clay prior to being serious treats at the Chili Bowl.

A handful of other Tulsa Shootout champions will return with hopes of adding to their legacy ahead of Chili Bowl runs with some of the best teams in the building. That list includes Mitchel Moles (Matt Wood Racing), Alex Bright (Reinbold-Underwood), Gary Taylor (Brian Dunlap), Joe B. Miller (Lewis), and Michael Faccinto (CB Industries).

Beyond all those names, a laundry list of potential superstars will look to make their mark this week as the “Mecca of Micros” welcomes a record-breaking 1,700+ entries in six classes.

The 37th running of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout begins Wednesday, December 29 with three days of preliminary action setting the stage for main events on Saturday, January 1. All four days of racing will be streamed live exclusively on FloRacing.

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NASCAR, FloSports announce landmark streaming partnership

By Official NASCAR Release NASCAR.com December 2, 2021  at 1:55 PM

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and leading sports streaming service, FloSports, today announced a multi-year partnership that will make FloRacing, FloSports’ dedicated motorsports platform, the home of NASCAR Roots properties including: the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. The landmark partnership represents an alignment of two champions of live motorsports with a shared mission of delivering the best in grassroots racing to fans around the world.

The partnership will also deliver an unparalleled investment in grassroots racing, including funding for local tracks and increased purses for drivers that compete in NASCAR’s touring and weekly series events. The transformational agreement further cements NASCAR and FloSports as advocates of grassroots/developmental racing and ensures a healthy economic model that will bolster tracks and drivers for years to come.

NASCAR’s grassroots properties, formerly housed within the NASCAR Roots vertical on TrackPass, will now join FloRacing’s comprehensive offering that includes USAC, All Star Circuit of Champions, Eldora Speedway, IRA Outlaw Sprints, Short Track Super Series, Chili Bowl, Gateway Dirt Nationals and more. Over 280 NASCAR Roots races annually will stream live and on-demand under the TrackPass banner on FloRacing, transforming the popular platform into the leading destination for grassroots motorsports.

RELATED: TrackPass on FloRacing FAQ

In the past three years, FloRacing has experienced exponential growth. Since 2020 alone, the service has seen an explosive 100% YOY subscriber growth as FloSports continues to bring together grassroots racing media rights onto one platform while also expanding into other motorsports categories. In 2019, FloRacing streamed just 141 races and has been able to quickly expand its offering to over 1,600 races annually, representing 151 million hours of live content streamed in 2021. Overall event viewership has soared 263% YOY in 2021 while per event viewership has increased 87%. Across FloRacing social media platforms, FloRacing has generated over 70 million video views in 2021 so far. In addition to grassroots racing, other categories of motorsports streamed on FloRacing include drag racing, motocross, supercross, snowmobile racing and more.

FloRacing’s dedicated content team will bolster NASCAR’s grassroots racing scene with new original programming including driver interviews, behind-the-scenes access, on-site race day coverage, analysis and more. The partnership will give fans access to more NASCAR Roots racing than previously available, including tentpole events at Bowman Gray Stadium, New Smyrna Raceway and Berlin Raceway.

“Our partnership with FloSports is a win for motorsports fans at all levels and doubles down on NASCAR’s commitment to grassroots racing — the foundation of our sport,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president, media and productions. “We look forward to bringing fans all the racing they crave and investing in the tracks that provide lifelong memories to motorsports fans each weekend.”

“NASCAR shares our mission to grow grassroots motorsports and bring these races and athletes to an even wider audience across America and the world,” said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder, FloSports. “We are honored to align with NASCAR as we continue to invest in the future of this sport so that we build a home for fans to both watch and experience racing in completely new ways. We’re excited for what’s to come.”

Fans can subscribe via FloRacing.com, gaining access to nearly 2,000 races annually for $150/year. The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content, including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news and analysis, as well as archived races and highlights that fans have come to expect from the FloRacing platform. Subscribers also receive complete access to the entire network of FloSports verticals ranging from cycling, wrestling, football, baseball, softball, grappling, rodeo and more. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.