• Despite not making the final in either of the two classes he was competing in during the recent 32nd running of the Tulsa Shootout at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Oklahoma, Australian Marcus Kelly was still pleased with his efforts.
    Running in both the Outlaw (640cc) and the A Stock (600cc) classes over the five-day event, Kelly, from Shearwater in Tasmania, narrowly missed out on making either of the A Features after top-10 finishes in the B Features aboard his # 47K Maxwill Industries-backed CS9 cars. In fact, in the B Feature for the Outlaw class, he missed a transfer spot by one position.
    In what was his second attempt at the Tulsa Shootout, Kelly was very pleased to improve his results from his maiden attempt at the event.
    “Although it was disappointing to miss out on qualifying into the A Features, I was very pleased with my performances and how far I had improved from last year’s attempt,” expressed Kelly.
    "We got the car sorted by the B Feature pulling (11.3sec) laps equalling the fastest time set in the A Feature by Christopher Bell.
    “The Tulsa Shootout is one of the World’s toughest Micro 600 events and there are no easy races, so you have to earn each and every position.
    “We certainly held our own throughout this year’s five-day event and I’m already looking forward to returning to next year’s event.”
    Kelly paid homage to all of his pit crew and supporters who made his Tulsa Shootout campaign possible.
    “There are so many people to thank, but the standouts my mates from Australia in Darcy and Damian who worked hard on both of my cars,” he praised.
    “I also want to thank Rick Bray from CS9 and Wayne Priddy from Factory Kahne for working late to get my cars sorted for the B Features. Special thanks must also go Steve Watt and the team at Maxwill Industries.”
    Kelly has now returned to Australia and is focused on the rest of the 2016-17 season here, which is to include the Australian Title at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on April 14 and 15.
    “Teaming back up with my crew chief Craig Munday, I’m looking forward to continuing our strong season here,” concluded an upbeat Kelly.
    The next outing for Kelly will be a double-header Formula 500 event at Carrick Speedway in Tasmania on the Friday and Saturday night of January 13 and 14.

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