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Sweet Springs, MO | December 20, 2017 – A team that is no stranger to Golden Drillers and national success in the micro sprint ranks, the TKH Motorsports group has prepared a full onslaught for next week’s 33rd annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout. Bringing a total of nine entries divvied up between six classes and four drivers, the stable based out of Sweet Springs, Missouri will be chasing their first Golden Driller since they triumphed in 2016 with Brady Bacon behind the wheel. Headlined by Dylan Kadous running quadruple duty, the four-man tandem will also feature Kameron Key in three classes, Keegan Brewer in the Restricted division, and Levi Hinck racing in the Jr. Sprints class.
For Kadous, the 23-year old native of Topeka, Kansas will be making his ninth Tulsa Shootout appearance. Over the years, Kadous has earned seven feature starts with four top-ten finishes, seven heat race victories and a hard charger award. With three feature starts in A-Class and Stock Non-Wing, along with two appearances in the Outlaw Non-Wing finale, the premier Winged Outlaw division is the only to elude him thus far. Heading into the 2017 edition, Kadous’ career-best finish stands as a fourth-place run in the 2014 A-Class main event. However, with his proven speed and duplicated success, Kadous has high hopes to improve that number and potentially walk out a winner next week, and rightfully so.
“I’m feeling as confident as I’ve ever been going into a Shootout,” noted Kadous. “We had an amazing Shootout in 2016 as a team, and then 2017 was a bit of a reality check for us all. The preparation for the cars could not have been any better this year, so now it’s just up to Levi, Keegan, Kameron and I to make the right calls and lay down good laps every time we hit the track. We all know though, you can spend all the money in the world, you can hire the worlds greatest drivers, but if you don’t have luck on your side, then you can be packing the trailer as early as anyone. Needless to say, I think we have all the pieces in place for a great run, I just hope lady luck is smiling down on us.”
Competing for the team back in 2016, Kadous had the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate a victory at the biggest race of the year. After being apart of such an incredible moment, however, the 23-year old is dreaming of such immortality for himself.
“Brady’s win in 2016 was something special to be apart of and I’ll absolutely never forget it,” said Kadous. “To see all the tears, hugs, the glory, the triumph, and just everything that comes with winning a Golden Driller and what it brought to everyone at TKH and Brady. Who doesn’t want that for themselves? It was really special to be apart of, but at the end of the day, I have been so close to so many of the “crown jewel” races in the midwest the past few years, I’m ready to write my own story with TKH Motorsports and go win one of these for them.”
Joining Kadous in three of the four classes will be Warrensburg, Missouri’s Kameron Key. A local Sweet Springs competitor when he was younger, the 21-year old has now moved up to dabble in sprint cars. A former Show-Me Showdown champion several years back, Key competed for TKH Motorsports at last year’s Tulsa Shootout and most notably returned at this year’s Show-Me Showdown where he picked up a podium finish. Slated for three classes next week, Key will be racing in the Stock Non-Wing, Outlaw Non-Wing and A-Class divisions when TKH unloads in Tulsa.
“I’m thrilled to get another opportunity to race the Shootout this year for the Hinck’s,” claimed Key. “I was honored and a little surprised when I get the call. With sprint cars being my primary focus over the last couple of years, I don’t get to race the 600’s as much, but always enjoy getting back behind the wheel of them. The Hinck’s and I were competing inside the top five in both features at the Show-Me Showdown against some great teams, so I’m confident we will be competitive in Tulsa.”
Standing for Terry and Kelly Hinck, TKH Motorsports is one of the biggest family-affairs you can find in racing. With two of their own behind the wheel, much of the anticipation comes in the Restricted and Jr. Sprint division. Terry’s grandson, Keegan Brewer, is scheduled for his third attempt at the Tulsa Shootout and will be competing in the Restricted class. Kelly’s son, Levi Hinck, will be attempting just his second Shootout and is slated for action in the Jr. Sprints division. Weekly competitors at their home track of Sweet Springs Raceway, both boys made incredible progress throughout 2017 and should be a pair to keep your eye on.
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 we highlight this year’s contenders.