ARDC'S KATHY KURTZ ADDED TO CHILI BOWL ROSTER
Oley, PA - Kathy Kurtz, the ARDC Midgets Most Improved Driver in 2001, is joining forces with the Miller Racing Team for an assault on the 20th Annual O'Reilly's Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Kurtz/Miller combo includes a common link; Jeff Kuhns is the crew chief for both teams. Kathy's Rays Yamaha/Wing Dynamics no. 72 will be painted in the Miller Racing Team's colors, and the Miller crew, headed up by Kuhns, will service her midget in addition to the five-car stable of car owner Mike Miller.
"We just figured, since Jeff is the crew chief for both of us, we might as well combine all of our manpower," noted Miller. "Kathy and Jeff have been such a big help to us over the past few years, that anything I can do to help their effort is my pleasure."
Kurtz, who also won the 2000 ARDC Rookie of the Year award, will compete against the other 270 star-studded entries at this year's Bowl, slated for January 11 - 14.
New to the Chili Bowl this year is a practice night, set for Tuesday, January 10. Each of the entrants will get the chance to hot lap on Tuesday.
Qualifying for Saturday's $10,000 to win, 50-lap finale begins on Wednesday the 11th. The field, representing 31 different states this year, is split into three groups. Each group will run in heats, C-and B-Mains, and a 25-lap feature on their respective qualifying night. The top four finishers from each of the preliminary main events will be locked in to the Chili Bowl A-Main.
Saturday, the 14th, is "alphabet soup" day, as drivers who still need to qualify try to race their way through a multitude of last-chance races, probably beginning with the J- or K-Mains. When the green flag drops on the 20th Annual O'Reilly's Chili Bowl Midget Nationals A-Main, the 270-car field will be pared down to the exclusive 24 throttle-jockeys who will vie for the coveted Golden Driller Trophy.