Chili Bowl Nationals news 2008-12-11

Chili Bowl Nationals news 2008-12-11

Chili Bowl Race of Champions Field Nearly Set! Limited Amount of Tickets Remain for Tuesday Night Card! TULSA, Okla. (December 11, 2008) -- The field for the Chili Bowl Race of Champions on Tuesday night, January 13, has been set.JAlmost,...

Chili Bowl Race of Champions Field Nearly Set!
Limited Amount of Tickets Remain for Tuesday Night Card!

TULSA, Okla. (December 11, 2008) -- The field for the Chili Bowl Race of Champions on Tuesday night, January 13, has been set.JAlmost, that is.

The final pair of "at-large" starting berths for the Chili Bowl Race of Champions will be determined by the fans via an on-line voting procedure.

The Chili Bowl Race of Champions will be just one part of a stellar Tuesday night kickoff of the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, a five-night racing extravaganza that takes place at the QuikTrip Center's Tulsa Expo Raceway on January 13-17, 2009.

Tuesday night will also include a full field of qualifying action, including heat races, qualifying races, "C" Mains, "B" Mains and an "A" Main, with the top three finishers in the main event locked into Saturday night's 50-lap Chili Bowl championship main event. It marks the first of four qualifying nights, with a full slate of championship feature events to follow on Saturday.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Tuesday night Chili Bowl Qualifier, including the Chili Bowl Race of Champions, for just $26 apiece. Tickets may be obtained by calling the ticket office at 918-838-3777.

The Chili Bowl Race of Champions will include a field of approximately 14 to 16 of the best racers in the world, set to slug it out atop the 0x00bc-mile Tulsa Expo Raceway clay oval for 20 laps with $2,500 going to the winner and a minimum of $300 to each starter.

Already committed to the Chili Bowl Race of Champions are seven past event winners including four-time Chili Bowl king Sammy Swindell, two-time winner Cory Kruseman, Tracy Hines, Tim McCreadie, Scott Hatton, Jay Drake and defending Chili Bowl champion Damion Gardner. Hatton returns to the Chili Bowl after a two-year absence while Drake shrugs off retirement to compete in the Chili Bowl Race of Champions as well as his 12th Chili Bowl.

Also invited to compete in the Chili Bowl Race of Champions are past USAC Triple Crown champions Dave Darland and J.J. Yeley, NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kasey Kahne and NASCAR Nationwide star Jason Leffler.

At least another pair of past event winners may throw their hat into the ring as well.

The final two starting berths in the Chili Bowl Race of Champions will be "at-large" positions. These positions will be determined by the race fans via online voting at www.chilibowl.com, with details available soon. The only drivers among those eligible for the "at-large" berths will be those that have filed official entries by the December 15 pre-entry deadline.

The fan involvement doesn't stop there, as some lucky fans in the stands on Tuesday night will determine the starting lineup of the Chili Bowl Race of Champions by selecting some randomly marked Lucas Oil Products, in effect drawing for the starting position of the driver they've been paired with.

With the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire little more than a month away, 204 entries have already flooded the event office, putting last year's record mark of 274 competitors in the jeopardy zone.

Only pit passes remain for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as those tickets were depleted in May.

What: 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire

Where: Tulsa Expo Raceway -- 0x00bc-mile clay oval inside the QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds

When:
January 13-17, 2009
Tuesday -- Qualifying Night plus Chili Bowl Race of Champions
Wednesday - Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Night
Thursday -- Warren CAT Qualifying Night
Friday -- Bass Pro Shops Qualifying Night
Saturday -- Championship Feature Events

-credit: cbn/lw

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