Tulsa, OK | December 27, 2017 – A former Tulsa Shootout champion and current young gun in the sprint car ranks of Missouri, Miles Paulus will return to Tulsa, Oklahoma this week as he pursues his second-career Golden Driller. The 2016 A-Class champion, Paulus has since worked his way into sprint car competition and become a hot topic with his impressive season in the “Show-Me State.” Returning to the micro sprint world at this week’s 33rd edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, “Monster Miles” will seek a quadruple duty slate with action in Winged Outlaw, Outlaw Non-Wing, Stock Non-Wing and A-Class.
“My goal is to make all four features and come home with two more Golden Drillers,” said an ambitious Paulus. “Yes, that is a very aggressive goal, but at the same time you have to strive for it because you if you never set your marks high you won’t get there. I truly believe this could be our best showing to date, so I’m really looking forward to this week. I have learned a lot from the sprint cars, so before the Show-Me Showdown I went through my cars and changed a few things and it worked great, but we just had a couple of engine troubles set us back.”
With five attempts to his name at the Tulsa Shootout, Paulus has faced his fair share of trials and tribulations to go along with his moment of success. Making one feature start in his time in Tulsa, Paulus made the most of his opportunity and walked away with a Golden Driller. Starting on the pole of the 2016 A-Class main event, Paulus immediately jumped into the lead and led from flag-to-flag, scoring his first-career Tulsa Shootout title aboard the Pace Chassis No. 98P.
Continuing the trend of A-Class champions moving into sprint car action, Paulus proved his potential throughout 2017 as he turned in several impressive runs against many stout fields week in and week out. Transitioning to a different beast, Paulus admitted his struggles as the year started, but after turning up the heat and getting comfortable, the Missouri native is thrilled to get back behind the wheel and continue to improve in 2018.
“It was tough with the year starting off so slow, but after my car owner, Terry Doogs, and I got on the same page and got comfortable together we really started clicking,” noted Paulus on his sprint car adventures. “I think that I still have a lot to learn, but I believe that we had a decent year and we were able to get ourselves going and able to compete in a small amount of time. I think after what we learned this year, we should be able to become more consistent and be in the hunt for wins more often next 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 we highlight this year’s contenders.