Tulsa, OK | December 26, 2017 – A dominating micro sprint standout in his teenage years, Cale Thomas is returning to his roots this week as he climbs behind the wheel of a Jake Mosley owned Farrell Frameworks No. 73M at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout. Moving into the sprint car ranks and developing into a rising star, the Fairland, Indiana native successfully used the micro sprint class as a stepping stone, but is excited to get back into competition at this week’s Shootout. Battling in the Winged Outlaw class, Thomas will pilot a Farrell Frameworks for the first time in his career. However, with MoMo’s Racing Engines and Engler Injection on board, “CT91” is almost sure to be a contender once more.
“It should be quite the experience getting back behind the wheel of a micro,” Thomas said on his return. “I haven’t driven one since Outlaw Nationals in 2014, and on top of that I have never driven a Farrell Frameworks car. They told me it is more like a sprint car in comparison, so it should be a smooth transition. Gary Taylor will also be my teammate, so it will be nice talking with a sprint car guy to help me with anything I need getting comfortable again. Overall, I may not be the threat like I used to be in micros, but come feature time for the 55-lapper I can see myself challenging at the front and even heading home with a Golden Driller if everything falls our way.”
Hitting his stride in 2013, Thomas turned in a phenomenal season as he outgunned several of the nation’s best at the biggest races and become an instant sensation. Placing fourth at the Tulsa Shootout to open the year, Thomas’ season only blossomed from there. Along with winning multiple POWRi events and finishing second in the points chase, Thomas secured his legacy at two of the biggest races that micro sprint racing has ever seen. At the inaugural High Banks Hustle at Southern Illinois Raceway, Thomas out dueled Nathan Benson and a host of others to claim the $5,000 title. One week later, his hot streak continued as he dominated the preliminary feature of the Mike Phillips “The 66” Memorial at Belle-Clair Speedway. Set to start on the pole of the $10,000/Win finale, Saturday’s showdown was rained out and Thomas’ chance was stolen from Mother Nature.
Driving for Jake Mosley this week, neither the driver nor the owner will be unfamiliar with success on the big stages of micro sprint racing. In 2003, Mosley triumphed in one of the two Winged Outlaw main events at the Tulsa Shootout and scored a Golden Driller of his own. On the relationship between Jake and Cale, the history goes back to Cale’s dominating days in 2013. Driving for Tim Engler, Cale would always run MoMo’s Racing Engines, built by Jake’s father, Bob.
“I was actually approached by Tim Engler wanting to put Cale in a car this year,” noted Mosley. “I contacted Joe’s about it and from there my dad, Engler, Farrell and I all kind of pulled together and built this car. I was actually building it for the PRI Show at the Joe’s booth, and then just turned it into an outlaw and named Cale as our driver. We have known each other for a really long time, but he has never driven for me since it was always through someone else. This deal though is 100% J2K Motorsports and Farrell Frameworks and it is the best there is, so we’ll see if it rolls good this week!”
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.