Lucas Oil Chili Bowl National Entry Count Soars to 240!
TULSA, Okla. (December 15, 2010) -- A Chili Bowl Nationals record of 281 competitors was established less than two short years ago at the 23rd running of the prestigious auto racing event.
Could that record be in jeopardy when top racers from around the nation and beyond converge upon the QuikTrip Center's Tulsa Expo Raceway for the Silver Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals on January 11-15, 2011?
It may very well be if Wednesday's barrage of entries is any indication, with the count skyrocketing from 196 on Tuesday to a staggering 240 by day's end on Wednesday as teams scrambled to get in under the pre-entry wire.
And the names added to the list in just one day's time (Leffler, Darland, Crawley, Kaeding, Crawford, Hatton, Sweet, Stanbrough, etc.) are an impressive lot on their own, let alone the fact that they're added to the previous star-studded 196 entries.
Among the day's entries are Kasey Kahne Racing stablemates Jason Leffler and Brad Sweet. While Chili Bowl regular Kahne is reduced to the role of spectator this time around as he recuperates from recent knee surgery, he'll try to get a Golden Driller with Leffler and Sweet.
Leffler, among the top-ten in NASCAR Nationwide points, picked up his own Golden Driller as a car owner three years ago with Damion Gardner and ranks as just one of ten drivers in Chili Bowl history to make at least starts in the Saturday night championship finale 50-lapper.
Sweet simply ranks as one of the most versatile drivers of the modern era, picking off 2010 feature wins in both winged and wingless Sprint Cars as well as Midget while mixing in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and then his NASCAR Nationwide debut.
Dave Darland, whose Chili Bowl record of ten championship feature starts in a row came to an end last year, was officially named the driver of the Wilke Pak No. 4x with young Kody Swanson in the team's No. 11 entry with two other seats yet to be filled.
Scott Hatton, winner of the Second Annual Chili Bowl back in 1988,filed entry for his 19th Chili Bowl to bring the number of past event winners to nine including defending champ Kevin Swindell, five-time Chili king Sammy Swindell, Damion Gardner, Tim McCreadie, Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake and Johnny Heydenreich.
Several more 2010 series champions were added to the mix, including Mike Spencer (SCRA), Jon Stanbrough (KISS) and Nick Foster, Jr. (BCRA Midgets), with three-time Lucas Oil ASCS National champion Tim Crawley and three-time USAC Silver Crown champion Bud Kaeding making the talent pool that much deeper.
Add in another January 2010 Chili Bowl championship feature event starter, Brent Beauchamp, along with two-time starter and local favorite Donnie Ray Crawford, and this year's Chili Bowl mix just keeps getting stronger.
Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Quick Facts:
What: 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals
Where: Tulsa Expo Raceway -- 1/4-mile clay oval inside the QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds
January 11-15, 2011
Tuesday -- Warren CAT Qualifying Night plus Vacuworx Int'l Chili Bowl Race of Champions
Wednesday -- River Spirit Casino Qualifying Night
Thursday -- Qualifying Night
Friday -- Vacuworx International Qualifying Night
Saturday -- Lucas Oil Championship Feature Events
Trade Show: Always a popular attraction at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Tuesday through Saturday) free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel and more is available with well over 100 different vendors. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet.
Tickets: A limited number of reserved seats for Tuesday night's Warren CAT Qualifying Event and the Third Annual Vacuworx International Chili Bowl Race of Champions are available for $43 per person and may be obtained by calling 918-838-3777 or at the gate if still available. Pit passes for all five nights are available at the gate as well.
Chili Bowl on TV: Portions of the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals will be broadcast on SPEED TV on a tape-delayed basis.
Chili Bowl on the Net: All official news pertaining to the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, including official entry lists, race results and recaps, is available first at www.chilibowl.com. Also, all five nights of the Chili Bowl Nationals will be broadcast live (audio) on www.racinboys.com.
Additional information regarding the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is available at www.chilibowl.com/ or by calling 918-838-3777.