Late Model drivers enter Chili Bowl

Late Model Drivers Ready for Chili Bowl Challenge TULSA, Okla. (December 7, 2004) -- Four of the nation's top dirt late model drivers will square off against each other in a different venue this January, as they shed their full-bodied race cars...

Late Model Drivers Ready for Chili Bowl Challenge

TULSA, Okla. (December 7, 2004) -- Four of the nation's top dirt late model drivers will square off against each other in a different venue this January, as they shed their full-bodied race cars for the cozy confines of some mighty Midget racing machines in a special Wednesday night dash at the 19th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on January 5.

Rocket Chassis and Scott Performance Wire have anted up the winner-take-all purse of $1,000, which will be pursued by late model aces Rick Eckert, Bart Hartman, Tim McCreadie and Jeep Van Wormer. The initial Late Model Chili Bowl Challenge will be a five-lap dash contested upon the completion of Wednesday night's qualifying heat races.

Each of the drivers will be piloting Midgets prepared in the Lehmann Racing shop.

All four drivers will vie for Chili Bowl bragging rights in addition to competing in the Late Model Chili Bowl Challenge. Eckert and Hartman, who both ranked among the top five in World of Outlaws Late Model points in 2004, are both returning for their second consecutive Chili Bowl, while McCreadie and Van Wormer will be among the 2005 Chili Bowl rookie crop.

Eckert and Hartman both acclimated to Midget racing in short order in their Chili Bowl debut in January of 2004, with Eckert qualifying for his qualifying night "A" Feature. Hartman was among Saturday's passing masters, advancing 29 positions as he started with a "G" Feature victory then advanced through "F" and "E" Feature action before his charge came to a conclusion in "D" Feature competition.

Michigan's Van Wormer was among the top rookie contenders on the Stacker2 Xtreme Dirt Car Series in 2004, while the talented McCreadie of Watertown, NY, has been racking up victories in both dirt late models and DIRT Modifieds.

The inaugural Late Model Chili Bowl Challenge will be part of an action-packed opening night of the 19th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, with Steve Kinser, J.J. Yeley, Danny Lasoski and Jason Meyers among the drivers slated for the Wednesday, January 5, qualifier.

The 19th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals will be contested at the Tulsa Expo Raceway from January 5-8, 2005. More than 170 entries have already been received, with the total number of entries expected to exceed the 2004 record of 206 competitors.

A limited number of tickets remain for Wednesday and Thursday night's qualifiers, with only pit passes available for Friday's qualifier and Saturday's finale. Four-night passes to the "Pit Stop Caf0x00e9", located in the caf0x00e9 affixed to the east end of the Tulsa Expo Center, are also available for just $104.

For additional information, contact the ticket office at 918-838-3777 or check www.chilibowl.com.

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Series Midget
Drivers Rick Eckert , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , J.J. Yeley , Tim McCreadie