Chili Bowl entry update 2005-12-13

Chili Bowl Entry Update -- December 13 TULSA, Okla. (December 13, 2005) -- The current count for the 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, to be contested at Tulsa Expo Raceway on January 11-14, 2006, has climbed...

Chili Bowl Entry Update -- December 13

TULSA, Okla. (December 13, 2005) -- The current count for the 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, to be contested at Tulsa Expo Raceway on January 11-14, 2006, has climbed to a record 255 pre-entries.

Among the latest entries are former USAC Silver Crown champion Paul White of Temple, TX, and NHRA Top Fuel racer Morgan Lucas of Riverside, CA.

White qualified for his first Chili Bowl Nationals championship main event as a then-record field of 249 entries vied for the 24 feature starting slots in January 2005. Lucas becomes the third drag racer to join this year's Chili Bowl entry list, with Cruz and Frank Pedregon ready for the indoor, quarter-mile clay oval Midget racing classic as well.

Other entries received today included California's Doug DeWitt and Illini shoe Patrick Bruns.

Also USAC Western States Midget champion Jerome Rodela of El Monte, CA, has replaced Mike Jones as driver of Kenneth Love's No. 71x entry. Louisiana's Joe Zieroos has been named the driver of the previously listed "TBA" Meents Motorsports entry, while California's Matt Sargent has been named the driver of Don Hammer's previously entered No. 45h.

The 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals field is shaping up as perhaps the most competitive in event history with the likes of NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, four-time Chili Bowl winner Sammy Swindell and two-time Chili Bowl champion Cory Kruseman headlining the current list of entries.

Other top shoes already entered include Danny Lasoski, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, defending Chili Bowl champion Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Dan Boorse, All-Star champion Chad Kemenah, ARDC Midget champion Ray Bull, USAC and Sprint Bandits TNT champion Levi Jones, USAC Midget champion Josh Wise, Kraig Kinser, Kevin Swindell, Jason Leffler and Late Model aces Bart Hartman and Steve Francis.

Three full cards of racing action will unfold at Tulsa Expo Raceway on Wednesday through Friday night, January 11-13, setting the January 14 Chili Bowl championship feature lineups.

Reserved seating for all four nights of the event was depleted in mid-October. Pit passes for all four nights do remain however. Four-night pit pass vouchers are available by contacting the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals ticket office at 918-838-3777.

Those unable to attend the event can listen to all the action live via the Internet at www.racinboys.com.

Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is available at www.chilibowl.com or by calling 918-838-3777.

-Lonnie Wheatley

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Series Midget
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Frank Pedregon , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Sammy Swindell , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Paul White , Morgan Lucas , Josh Wise , Kraig Kinser , Don Hammer , Ray Bull , Steve Francis , Chad Kemenah