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Hyper Racing Drivers Find Success, Speed & Golden Driller at Tulsa Shootout

Written by
Nicholas Fillman
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January 19, 2024 at 5:51:08 PM PST January 19, 2024 at 5:51:08 PM PSTth, January 19, 2024 at 5:51:08 PM PST

The 2024 edition of the Tulsa Shootout saw the return of a Hyper Racing driver to victory lane, collecting another coveted Golden Driller trophy. Brand new dealer and co-owner of F&M Performance, 600 Micro Sprint veteran Frank Flud collected the win in the Stock Non-Wing division, the largest class at the Shootout. Frank Flud put on an impressive performance to win from the ninth place starting position in a thrilling feature event. Flud ran nearly every lane on the speedway, and capped off his run to the front by dominating on the tricky cushion of the Tulsa Expo Raceway.

Colorado’s Chase Spicola ended with a strong and impressive runner up finish in the main event, battling wheel to wheel with Flud throughout the race. The Stock Non-Wing event saw the highest number of Hyper Drivers make a feature event of the week with six! New Jersey’s Connor Gross finished 11th, Alabama’s Jaxon Bishop 12th, North Carolina’s Neal Allison 15th, and Missouri’s Brandon Boggs 16th. 

The new Hyper Racing Junior Sprint made its first ever appearance at the Tulsa Expo Raceway with a five car effort piloted by: Landon Snyder, Heath Walton, Gage Pio, Noah Betts, and Isabella Landis. Kunkletown, PA’s Gage Pio was able to qualify for the A-main in his first ever stop at the Tulsa Shoot. Gage passed several cars to bring home the 17th position. 

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Tommy Kunsman, a long time Hyper Racing/EVO Fuel Injection driver, was high point man in the Outlaw Non-Wing division and led the field to green for the feature event. Kunsman finished the race with a hard fought podium finish. Long time Hyper Racing driver Joe B Miller finished just behind Kunsman in fourth. Delaware’s Kyle Spence was 11th, Johnny Boland was 18th, and California’s Braden Chiaramonte finished 23rd with a DNF. 

The restrictor feature event was next up on the schedule where two Hyper Racing drivers made the grid. Bradley Cox had the better of the runs, as he ran inside the top five for most of the feature event, finishing in fourth. Haidyn Hansen on the other hand had a bit more eventful run! Her car ended up in the fence on the front stretch, but was able to pull away from the accident scene and continue on to finish 21st. 

Another PA driver, Alec Quiggle, was high point driver in the Winged A-Class feature and started on the pole for the main event. Quiggle ended the race in fourth, while Frank Flud led the way for Hyper Racing drivers finishing on the podium in third. Former 600 Speedweek Champion Christian Bruno finished 11th, with leading Hyper Racing feature winner for 2023 and former Speedweek Champion Steven Snyder Jr in 14th. Braden Chiaramonte was the final Hyper driver in the event, who finished 21st after running much higher, but suffering damage late in the event. 

The final main event of the evening was the 55 lap Winged Outlaw finale, which again featured a Hyper Racing driver as the high point man of the week starting on the pole of the feature. Tommy Kunsman found himself as the pole sitter of his second feature event of the week, and led the field to green. Kunsman and fellow Hyper Racing driver Joe B Miller found themselves among the top five during the duration of the 55 lap event. The event was a prime example of passing being at a premium, with Kunsman and Miller trading the honor of being the top Hyper Racing driver. At the conclusion of the event, Joe B Miller had found another gear around the high side of the speedway and picked up a handful of spots in the closing laps to finish third. Kunsman picked up his second top five finish of the week in 5th, while Arkansas driver and veteran winged sprint car driver Derek Hagar piloted his Hyper Chassis entry owned by long time Louisiana car owner Buddy Lee to the 15th position as the third Hyper Racing driver in the field. 

Overall 22 different Hyper Chassis and drivers were able to qualify for at least one of the six feature events contested at the 2024 Tulsa Shootout. Five drivers were able to pull off a podium finish, with Frank Flud leading the way among Hyper Racing drivers with his victory in A-Class Non-Wing, and a third in A-Class Wing. Other drivers with more than one top five result were Tommy Kunsman Jr with a third in Outlaw Non-Wing, and a 5th in Outlaw Wing. Joe B Miller recorded a fourth in Outlaw Non-Wing and on the podium in third in Outlaw Wing. Hyper Racing and EVO Fuel Injection drivers put on an impressive display among the nearly 1700 entries at the 2024 edition of the Tulsa Shootout! What a great way to end 2023, begin 2024, and set the bar high for when the doors open to the 2025 Tulsa Shootout in December!

Photos: Dave Campbell | DPC Media | www.seemymind.com