Chili Bowl entry update 2005-12-27

O'REILLY CHILI BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS ENTRY UPDATE TULSA, Okla. (December 27, 2005) -- With the 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals just over two weeks away, the entry count stands at 270 for the prestigious event that will be ...

O'REILLY CHILI BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS ENTRY UPDATE

TULSA, Okla. (December 27, 2005) -- With the 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals just over two weeks away, the entry count stands at 270 for the prestigious event that will be contested at Tulsa Expo Raceway on January 11-14, 2006.

Several new drivers have been added to the entry list over the last few days, including Brandon Knupp, Daron Clayton and Mike Welker.

Ohio's Knupp, who was sixth in ARCA / ReMax Series points in 2005, was named the driver of the Tommy Briggs No. 10b entry. Also, 2005 Arizona Midget Racing Association champion Welker was announced as the driver of the Steve Sussex No. 48 entry.

Another new one on the list is Missouri-native Clayton. Set for his rookie Chili Bowl appearance aboard Kevin Gross' No. 86x machine, Clayton spent the '05 season in Indiana wingless Sprint Car action.

A pair of drivers have fallen off the entry list. Previous commitments will prevent 2005 Knoxville Nationals winner Kraig Kinser of Bloomington, IN, from piloting the Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 67k entry at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

The Kunz stable is still among the stoutest in this year's Chili Bowl field with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, 2004 USAC Sprint Car champion Jay Drake and rising young stars Bryan Clauson and Darren Hagen each in Kunz Motorsports entries. A possible replacement driver for Kraig Kinser has not yet been determined.

Also, Missouri's Mallory Armfield will be unable to compete in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals after suffering a variety of serious injuries in a recent highway accident in Iowa.

More O'Reilly Chili Bowl information:

What: 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

Where: Tulsa Expo Raceway -- 0x00bc-mile clay oval inside the Tulsa Exposition Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds

When: January 11-14, 2006. Wednesday - Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Night; Thursday -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Qualifying Night; Friday -- Warren CAT Qualifying Night; Saturday -- Features

Past Winners: Sammy Swindell (1998, 1996, 1992 and 1989), Cory Kruseman (2004 and 2000), Dan Boorse (2003 and 1999), Tracy Hines (2005), Tony Stewart (2002), Jay Drake (2001), Billy Boat (1997), Donnie Beechler (1995), Andy Hillenburg (1994), Dave Blaney (1993), Lealand McSpadden (1991), Jon Heydenreich (1990), Scott Hatton (1988), Rich Vogler (1987).

Current Entries: 270 entries from 31 different states, surpassing the 2005 Chili Bowl record of 249 competitors.

Past winners already entered include Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell, Cory Kruseman, Dan Boorse, Jay Drake, Scott Hatton and defending race champion Tracy Hines.

Other top drivers already entered include Kasey Kahne, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, All-Star champion Chad Kemenah, ASCS champion Gary Wright, ARDC Midget champion Ray Bull, USAC and Sprint Bandits TNT champion Levi Jones, USAC Midget champion Josh Wise, Kevin Swindell, Jason Leffler and Late Model aces Tim McCreadie, Bart Hartman and Steve Francis.

Entries represent numerous racing disciplines, including NASCAR, winged and non-wing Sprint Cars, Midgets, Late Models and NHRA drag racing among others.

Trade Show: Always a popular attraction at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Wednesday through Saturday) free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel and more is available.Trade Show: A limited number of Preferred Parking spaces are still available for all four nights of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals by calling the ticket office at 918-838-3777.

Buffet: The cafeteria at the east end of the Tulsa Expo Center will offer an all-you-can-eat buffet each day (Wednesday through Saturday) from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. for just $10 per person.Tickets: Tickets for the 20th Anniversary of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals were depleted in mid-October. Pit passes are available. Four-night pit pass vouchers are available by contacting the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals ticket office at 918-838-3777.

O'Reilly Chili Bowl on the Net: All four nights of racing action will be webcast live at www.racinboys.com. Complete information, including entry lists, updates and official results is available at www.chilibowl.com.

Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is available at www.chilibowl.com or by calling 918-838-3777.

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Series Midget
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Billy Boat , Donnie Beechler , Andy Hillenburg , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Sammy Swindell , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Kraig Kinser , Bryan Clauson , Ray Bull , Dave Blaney , Darren Hagen , Brandon Knupp , Daron Clayton , Steve Francis , Tim McCreadie , Scott Hatton , Chad Kemenah