Tulsa, OK | December 20, 2017 – On the heels of arguably the best season of his career, KJ Snow is tackling the next challenge with full force as he prepares to run quadruple duty at the Tulsa Shootout for the first time. Competing in the Winged Outlaw and Outlaw Non-Wing classes in his family-owned Sawyer Chassis No. 34, Snow will also be piloting the Jonathan Beason owned BA Lawn & Garden No. 36 in Stock Non-Wing and A-Class.
Venturing out and moving from California to Oklahoma this year, the 21-year old packed his things, including the race car, and made a new home in the “Sooner State.” Outside of the bad timing with Port City Raceway’s year off, the California native found plenty of success in midwestern travels in 2017. After starting the year with an 11th place finish at the Tulsa Shootout, Snow turned in his best run of the year at the High Banks Hustle with an impressive fifth-place result against the nation’s best. Recording strong runs at the John Hinck Championship and Terry Sprague Memorial, Snow also recorded several top tens and top fives in weekly action at I-44 Riverside Speedway and Creek County Speedway in Oklahoma.
Making only his fourth attempt at the micro sprint racing phenomenon that is the Tulsa Shootout, Snow has already found plenty of success inside the Tulsa Expo. Making his debut in 2015, Snow made a big splash as he earned a career-best podium finish in the Outlaw Non-Wing feature with a third-place run. The following year in 2016, he followed that up with another solid top ten outing in the ONW feature once again. Last year he qualified for the headlining 55-lap Winged Outlaw main event for the first time. Not only did he just make it in, but Snow turned in a beautiful 23rd-to-11th bid on the nation’s biggest stage.
Heading into this year’s 33rd annual edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, Snow is more prepared than ever to make a run at winning the prestigious trophy.
“Winning a Golden Driller would make everything worth it,” said Snow. “All the late nights in the shop, all the times going to the track by myself, and all the hard work would be worth it just by winning that Driller. Getting my name on the banners next to the people that I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid would be a huge accomplishment and honor for me.”
Competing in the Winged Outlaw and Outlaw Non-Wing classes each time he has been to Tulsa, things will be much busier for Snow this year as he tackles a quadruple duty slate. Running in the A-Class and Stock Non-Wing divisions, Snow will pilot the Jonathan Beason owned BA Lawn & Garden No. 36. A legendary Tulsa Shootout competitor himself, Beason is a two-time champion of the event and is known for nearly unrivaled consistency at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
“Jonathan is a great guy and actually gave me a job out here in Oklahoma,” noted Snow. “Him and I have always talked racing and he told me that he wasn’t running the Shootout this year and that if I would like, the car is all mine to run. It’s definitely an exciting opportunity to drive for someone like him. I’m also very nervous though as I have big shoes to fill, but I can’t thank him enough for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to drive his car at the biggest race of the year.”
Beginning on Thursday, December 28th with practice and heat races, the 33rd edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout will run through Sunday, December 31st when a new batch of Golden Driller winners are crowned. Walkapedia will continue our Tulsa Shootout coverage all week long with countless previews leading up to the race as he highlight this year’s contenders.