Kyle Busch Confirms his Participation in the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout

Published 12/29/2021, 9:47 AM EST
Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) walks to his car during driving introductions before the start of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


2022 is just around the corner, but there is still one last racing event of the current year. The event in question is the 37th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout. Without a doubt, the excitement for the huge year-ending event is already through the roof. Now, there’s another reason for fans to be ecstatic as the latest reports have confirmed that two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch will compete in the event.

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According to reports, “Rowdy” is expected to pull quadruple duty. To be precise, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will compete in all four major classes in the event. This includes the Winged Outlaw, Outlaw Non-Wing, Stock Non-Wing, and A-Class. Busch will race for Joe B. Miller, who has won a Golden Driller. That prize came during the 2017 Tulsa Shootout, a race that he won from dead last on the grid.

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What to expect from Kyle Busch at the event?

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Truthfully, Busch is not particularly well-known in the dirt track arena. However, he isn’t a complete novice either, as he does boast of a handful of dirt starts in his career. Aside from this year’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, he raced at a few other dirt tracks. These include the Eldora Speedway, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and the I-70 Speedway.

DAYTONA, FL – AUGUST 28: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 28, 2021 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl.(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On an interesting note, Busch was initially not expected to turn up for the event. However, disaster struck the Joe B team when regular driver Kaidon Brown couldn’t participate. As it turned out, the Australian would not be able to make it in time, so the team opted to rope in Busch. It was the perfect coincidence because Busch was already in Tulsa for his son Brexton, who is racing in the Jr. Sprints division.

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It is worth mentioning that in 2012, Busch triumphed at the Eldora Speedway, which he will be hoping to recreate. Furthermore, he will not be the only NASCAR driver there. In fact, other familiar faces include Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell, and Truck Series drivers Hailie Deegan, Sheldon Creed, and Brett Moffitt.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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