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Tulsa, OK | December 26, 2017 – Another one of the top dogs in what is a stout non-wing field across the country, Brandon Rose has solidified himself as one of Indiana’s best in recent years. A dominant threat on a weekly basis at Circus City Speedway and US-24 Speedway in the “Hoosier State,” Rose has extended his range and shown his wingless prowess on the biggest stages available. Stepping away from his family-owned equipment, Rose will have to adapt to new scenery this week as he pilots a Concept Chassis No. 2G for owner George Marks. Teaming up for an assault on the Stock Non-Wing and Outlaw Non-Wing classes, Rose and Marks should be strong contenders for Sunday’s championship features.
“To win it, you have to be in it, so the goal going into the Shootout is to just make the show,” claimed Rose. “From there it is all about winning a Driller. After our guys coming close the last couple of years, I would love to see an Indiana guy bring home.”
Serving his fourth appearance at the Tulsa Shootout, Rose has secured four feature starts and two top-ten finishes since his first attempt back in 2014. Making his breakthrough at the 31st annual event in 2016, Rose qualified for three main events and excelled across the board. Outside of a 14th-place finish in a rough, single-file A-Class feature, Rose shined in non-wing action. After earning a career-best fourth-place run in the Stock Non-Wing A-Main, Rose came from dead last to earn hard charger honors in Outlaw Non-Wing. Rolling out in the 24th spot, the “Kokomo Komet” rocketed through the field and advanced 16 positions as he stole a stellar eighth-place result.
A constant staple around Indiana in his family’s No. 2G, Rose and Marks will look to become a formidable tandem as they take on the biggest micro sprint race in the world together. The duo were introduced earlier this year at Circus City Speedway and as the season developed and seriousness increased, talks of a deal started to come to life.
“He let me know that he was having a brand new Concept built and asked if I was interested in driving it at the Shootout,” said Rose on teaming with Marks. “It wasn’t in the cards for our car to make it this year, so I jumped all over the opportunity.”
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.