Chili Bowl news 2007-01-03

O'Reilly Chili Bowl Entry Count Climbs to 281! TULSA, Okla. (January 3, 2007) -- With the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals set to fire off at Tulsa Expo Raceway next Tuesday night, January 9, the entry count for the Super Bowl of auto...

O'Reilly Chili Bowl Entry Count Climbs to 281!

TULSA, Okla. (January 3, 2007) -- With the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals set to fire off at Tulsa Expo Raceway next Tuesday night, January 9, the entry count for the Super Bowl of auto racing has climbed to a record 281 entries.

Among the latest entries is Broken Arrow, OK, third-generation Donnie Ray Crawford, who will team with the potent Keith Kunz Motorsports camp in a Fontana-powered John Christner Trucking/Advanced Racing No. 71k Bullet.

Following in the champion's footsteps of grandfather Ray and father Donnie, the younger Crawford has proven to be an accomplished Micro racer and impressed in his ASCS Sprint Car debut late in 2006.

Last weekend, Crawford earned a front row starting berth in three different classes, each of which featured more than 110 entries, at the Tulsa Shootout. The young gun went on to win both the "A" Class and Non-Wing features before finishing second in the 600cc Multi main event.

Crawford joins the Kunz Motorsports stable of entries that includes P.J. Jones, West Coast wingless ace Damion Gardner, Chris Windom and Conner Pullen.

Also adding his name to the Chili Bowl mix today was Ohio Sprint Car racer Tony Beaber, who captured the Non-Wing Sprint Car championship at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway in 2006.

A pair of TBA's were also filled, with former Southern Ontario Sprint champion Glenn Styres taking over the driving duties of the Curt Biro-owned No. 22x machine. Also, New York's Billy Osta takes over the third A.J. Felker entry, teaming with Tyler Brown and Trish Dover.

Tickets: Four-night tickets for Wednesday through Saturday of the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals were depleted at the end of June. General admission for Tuesday night's Pre-Qualifying event will be available at the gate for $20 per person. Pit passes for all five nights are available.

-credit: www.chilibowl.com

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Series Midget
Drivers Damion Gardner , Chris Windom