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Tulsa, OK | December 27, 2017 – One of the most inspirational feel-good stories of the 2017 season came in the form of up-and-coming Texas racer, Chase Randall. After suffering a freak accident on the track in August, the 13-year old young gun was hospitalized and news quickly spread around social media. From the countless prayers, letters and visits, the racing community rallied around Chase and his family as he battled his way through therapy and back to full strength. Just a week ago, Chase’s father, Jon Randall, shared the great news that Chase had been cleared by the doctors to return to racing. Continuing the chase for his first-career Golden Driller, Randall will compete in the Restricted division one final time while also moving up to A-Class and Stock Non-Wing at the 33rd edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout.
“The racing community really got us through that time with cards, letters and prayers,” said Chase’s father, Jon, on his accident. “We really cannot thank them enough for everything. Through mutual racing friends, we got in contact with one of the best concussion doctors in the country, Dr. Stephen Olvey at the University of Miami Concussion Institute. After some intense therapy and specialized testing, Chase has made a full recovery. Through it all, Chase never lost an ounce of his desire to drive and win. Opening day at the Shootout can’t come quick enough he says.”
Making his third appearance at the Tulsa Shootout, Randall has excelled in each of his previous attempts. Getting behind the wheel of a Jr. Sprint for the first time at the 2016 Shootout, Randall burst onto the scene and made his presence felt by scoring a nail-biting second-place finish in the main event. Moving up to the Restricted division at last year’s 32nd annual event, Randall continued to improve and grow as he claimed an eighth-place finish in his inaugural attempt in Restricted.
One of the most intriguing kids on the rise in micro sprints, Randall has been a steady challenger since he stormed onto the scene with that second-place run at the Tulsa Shootout in 2016. Before his accident in August of this year, Randall ripped off a phenomenal season as he traveled across the country. Scoring five Restricted victories with the NOW600 National Series, two A-Class triumphs, and a fourth-place finish in the California Speedweek points, Randall showed his potential time and time again.
Tackling the Restricted class one final time, Randall is more determined than ever to leave the division with a Golden Driller in hand. Preparing to move into the stock classes full-time next year, Randall will get an early jump this week as he also competes in the A-Class and Stock Non-Wing ranks.
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.