Success at the 23rd annual Chili Bowl Nationals

The last race of the 2008 season was yet another bitter sweet good bye, as every race addict scours to find another sports adrenaline fix. That is just how the Chili Bowl Nationals likes their fans, coming into the stands hungry for speed as the...

The last race of the 2008 season was yet another bitter sweet good bye, as every race addict scours to find another sports adrenaline fix. That is just how the Chili Bowl Nationals likes their fans, coming into the stands hungry for speed as the first race of the season kicks off in the world of racing.

The coveted golden driller trophy is not what the men and women of the Nationals are after. No, they are fighting for the trophies history and the what the notable title will add in their new season.

But what is any race week without a souvenir? The Chili Bowls annual Trade Show hosts One-hundred plus vendors covering twenty-thousand square feet, the cherry on any race fans Sunday. Who wouldn't mind getting all their Christmas shopping done by January?

Although the real fun happened at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Oklahoma, where ten thousand plus fans indulged in every turn of the fourth mile clay oval.

Past and future champions of the Nationals come every year with their A game. As always, the stars continue to shine bright each year for the popular race. One of the many things the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl is proud of is their entry list, a record of two hundred and ninety plus entries raced for their shot at the coveted Golden Driller Trophy.

The Qualifiers leading up to Saturdays feature race were nothing short of entertaining , including the new race of champions held on Tuesday. The field was made up of past Bowl Champions and drivers who were voted in by fans. Though the race that everyone truly came to see was Saturdays Championship Feature Race.

A perfect week at the Chili Bowl Nationals is somewhat unheard of, but not for Sammy Swindell. Not only did he win the Race of Champions and excelled in the qualifiers, he also made a clean sweep for his fifth Chili Bowl title. "To pull this off the way we did, to be undefeated here in every race, it was fun," Swindell commented afterward. "We had a great car and a lot of good fortune that we didn't get in trouble, and didn't tear up anything or get banged around."

Virginia might be for lovers, and Georgia for their peaches, but in January Oklahoma is for racing.

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