Dave Ely to Make First Ever Chili Bowl Visit with New F5 Midget. GENEVA, N.Y. -- It will be a new and exciting venture for West Lawn, Pa's Dave Ely. Piloting a new F5 midget owned by Curt Shuttleworth, the sprint car veteran will make his...
Dave Ely to Make First Ever Chili Bowl Visit with New F5 Midget.
GENEVA, N.Y. -- It will be a new and exciting venture for West Lawn, Pa's Dave Ely. Piloting a new F5 midget owned by Curt Shuttleworth, the sprint car veteran will make his first ever visit to the ever popular Chili Bowl Nationals which is celebrating it's 20th running on Jan. 11-14.
The annual extravaganza held at the Tulsa Expo Center in Oklahoma attracts the top names not only in midget racing but racing of all kinds. Out of the record 255 entries to date, drivers such as NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart, former World of Outlaw champions Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Sammy Swindell, many-time USAC champ J.J. Yeley as well as Dave Darland, Kasey Kahne, defending champion Tracy Hinds, Chad Kemenah and Kraig Kinser just to name a few.
Ely, the 2003 United Racing Club champion, will be a teammate with Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson who will also pilot an F5 midget built by Wayne Simmons out of Knoxville, Iowa. Ely has been behind a wheel of an F5 sprinter for over two years now and is looking forward to his first endeavor in a midget which has Gaerte power under the hood.
"I always wanted to try a midget and what better way than to do it at the best event." exclaimed the sales manager from Diversified Machine Inc. "I've been to the Chili Bowl twice to watch and it's the best four days of racing you will find anywhere. Thanks to Curt (Shuttleworth) I will have the chance to race in it."
While winning the event might be too high of a goal, the likeable sprint car driver does hope to make the A-Main finale on Saturday. "With over 250 cars, you definitely have your work cut out for you." Ely noted. "But, we hope to get some good laps in so Wayne (Johnson) and I can help out our car builder with set ups and notes so he can get some midget sales in the future."
After the Chili Bowl challenge, Ely hopes to enter in some selected ARDC sanctioned midget events during the summer in his native Pennsylvania when his schedule permits. "I hope to run some back home, it will be neat to go to a track and just have some fun. Midgets are fast and quick which I like." Said the driver who also has wins in a 410 sprinter on his resume'.
Sponsorship for Dave Ely's midget effort comes from Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, Shuttleworth Auto Sales, FourWide Motorsports, Ely Fabricating, BR Motorsports, DMI, Gaerte Engines and F5 Chassis.
For more information on one of the nation's wildest dirt track events, please log on to www.chilibowl.com