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Local racers turn competition into a family affair

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 19:48:17-05

TULSA - One Broken Arrow family is gearing up for one of the biggest races of the year.

The Tulsa Shootout is like the Super Bowl of mini sprint racing and its right here in Tulsa.

And racing is in the Goodman family’s blood.

"My uncle built some race engines back in the old Tulsa Speedway days for guys, and I was his shadow everywhere he went," said Mike Goodman.

Mike Goodman’s love of racing spread to his two son’s, Lane and Avery, who grew up listening to the sound of their dad’s engine.

"Pretty much when I was born I was at the race track every weekend with him," said Lane Goodman.

Now they’re both racing in the 2019 Tulsa Shootout this weekend with their dad watching from the stands.

"When we were growing up he was kind of the driver that didn’t show a whole lot of emotion and getting to see him watch Avery and I race, it brings out a whole other level of emotion I think, " said Lane.

Spending all that time on the track, you pick up a thing a two.

"We can obviously see a complete race car but getting it to that point takes a lot of time and a lot of commitment and they get the ability to learn those tasks and different chores and different skills that it takes," said Goodman.

The family said the best part about competing in the sport is being with each other.

"These next four days, we’ll be with each other all day every day," Goodman said. "Go eat dinner in the evening time or breakfast in the morning.

"It really does bring us all together and we kind of have that common interest," Avery said. "We become tighter as a family."

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