Dominic Gorden (10Z), battles Tyler LaPointe during a heat race leading up to the Tulsa Shootout. (Richard Bales Photo)

Axsom Headlines Hectic Shootout Heat Winners

TULSA, Okla. — Rolling through the 141st round of competition at the 38th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, five classes have completed heat races.

The Outlaw class has run its D and C Features and begun to establish the drivers who have advanced to Qualifiers.

While the road to earning a Golden Driller is far from over, several drivers have already made massive statements. 

The biggest of the day was a tie in Heat 64 when Emerson Axsom grabbed the win over Austin Lambert in a finish that showed a difference of 0.000 seconds, which was confirmed by the transponder, hand scoring and directors.

The only driver so far to win a heat race from 10th, Kevin Thomas, Jr., charged from last to first in Non-Wing Outlaw action. Over the course of the day, 11 drivers won from at least the fifth starting spot, with the average starting spot through 117 events coming out to 2.5.

Of the 1,655 confirmed entries, 1,262 have seen action through Wednesday for a total of 665 drivers.

Among the 24 drivers winning heat races in the Outlaw class were Blake Hahn, Jake Hagopian, Joey Amantea, Mitchel Moles and Kaylee Bryson.

Brenham Crouch, Hayden Wise, Jace McIntosh, Hahn, Trey Robb, Daison Pursley, Dominic Gorden, Thomas and Jonathan Beason were among the heat winners in the Outlaw Non-Wing division.

Late model ace Ricky Thornton Jr., Axsom, Tim Buckwalter, Moles, Bryson, Jake Nail and Michael Faccinto headlined the A-Class heat winners.

Chase McDougall was among the winners in the Restricted class, while the Junior Sprints were also on the card.

Looking ahead to Thursday, 96 races are on the docket, with Stock Non-Wing set for 42 Heat Races. Six Junior Sprint Qualifiers will follow, with the alphabet continuing for Non-Wing Outlaw and A-Class with E Features through C Features in both divisions, for 48 lower features.

The 38th Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout continues Thursday and runs through Saturday.