TULSA, Okla. (March 29) – The Strange Engineering Radial Revenge Tour race presented by Precision Turbo, held this weekend at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, has developed into one of the biggest Drag Radial races in the country.
The best drag radial cars in the country will converge on Tulsa to race in several different classes, with a top prize of $15,000 to win the Radial vs. The World class. The Tulsa radial race is now in its fourth year.
“Every year it’s gotten better and better and better,” track co-owner Keith Haney said. “Last year was the best year of the Radial Revenge Tour, and the main reason why is we created a show that only lasted a day and a half.”
Other Drag Radial races across the country are four- or five-day events, taking competitors and fans away from home and work.
“They’re long, drawn-out marathons,” Haney said. “We created a day-and-a-half show. Last year, we race the fastest radial race in the country with the amount of cars that we had.”
The goal in 2016 was to be done by 10 p.m. Saturday, and track officials met that goal.
“We want people to be able to go home on Sunday – or Saturday night if they want to,” co-owner Todd Martin said. “We wanted it to be done and for people not to be off work several days. It saves money, expenses, everything. We don’t care about being the fastest track in the country. We care about running the fastest race in the country.”
Track officials run a tight ship, sticking to a schedule racers receive when they arrive on track.
“Racers talked about it the whole year,” Haney said. “That’s what we want people to think when they think of the Radial Revenge Tour.”
And competitors have noticed.
“The caliber of competition is off the charts,” track general manager “Big Don Ellis said. “The baddest radial cars in the planet will be here. Everyone who owns a bad-ass radial car will be here.”
TRP originally offered $10,000 to win the Radial vs. The World class, but Donald Long of Duck X Promotions added $5,000 to the first prize.
Other sponsors have stepped up, too: Skyview Racing & Fabrication of Porter, Okla. Is backing the X275 class, which features no entry fee for the race and a $10,000 first prize.
“They’re amazing for the sport,” Haney said. “We can’t thank them enough.”
Other corporate partners for the race include Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels, Pro Line Racing Engines, Wiseco Performance Products, Induction Solutions, Cricket Wireless and Brewton Express.
“We’re super excited going into year No. 4 of the Radial race,” Big Don said. “It’s presented by Strange Engineering this year, so not just the racers and the fans, but the sponsors are stepping up and realizing that this is a valuable event.”
All race winners will receive free entry into Long’s No Mercy race in October. Motor Mania TV plans a live, high-definition online feed for the race.
Competitors and fans should notice a new race track, as it was resurfaced last year. The track also beuilt new return roads, as well as a new entrance and roads into the facility.
“Tulsa Raceway Park in 2017 will gave some shows that people dream to have,” Haney said.
Said Big Don, “If you miss it, you’re missing out. If you’re plans don’t include being here, you need to change your plans.”