Chili Bowl - making the cut

O'REILLY CHILI BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS: MAKING THE CUT TULSA, Okla. (January 6, 2006) -- With the entry count at an all-time record 269, simply making the starting grid for the Saturday night, January 14, 24-car O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget...


TULSA, Okla. (January 6, 2006) -- With the entry count at an all-time record 269, simply making the starting grid for the Saturday night, January 14, 24-car O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals will be a feat in and of itself.

Since the inaugural running of the event at Tulsa Expo Raceway in 1987, a total of 154 different drivers have started at least one Chili Bowl championship main event.

Now set for the 20th Anniversary of the event, which takes place January 11-14, just 53 of the entered drivers have Chili Bowl Saturday night "Main Event" experience.

Heading the list is the only four-time winner in event history, Sammy Swindell. Swindell made his first of 14 feature starts in the Original Chili Bowl of 1987, when he finished sixth. Swindell returns to the Chili Bowl after a two-year absence, with his last Tulsa Expo Raceway victory drive in 1998.

Swindell is one of two drivers that competed in the First Chili Bowl feature, the other being Sooner State native Shane Carson. Carson finished fourth behind Rich Vogler, Gene Gennetten and Kevin Doty in that first Chili Bowl.Missouri's Danny Lasoski and Indiana's Dave Darland enter this year's edition of the Chili Bowl sharing the longest active streak of Chili Bowl championship feature starts, with each driver among the Saturday night's final starting grid during each of the past five years.

More than 200 different drivers will try to add their names to the list of 53 drivers below by making a first Chili Bowl main event start on Saturday night, January 14.Entered drivers with Chili Bowl "A" Feature starts on their resume:

#1 Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN) -- 14 Starts (2003-20th, 2001-3rd, 2000-13th, 1999-3rd, 1998-1st, 1997-7th, 1996-1st, 1993-10th, 1992-1st, 1991-2nd, 1990-3rd, 1989-1st, 1988-14th, 1987-6th).

#33d Danny Lasoski (Higginsville, MO) -- 13 Starts (2005-11th, 2004-2nd, 2003-22nd, 2002-7th, 2001-2nd, 1999-21st, 1998-18th, 1997-2nd, 1996-11th, 1995-8th, 1993-8th, 1992-5th, 1990-6th).

#4ko Kevin Olson (Machesney Park, IL) -- 10 Starts (2005-16th, 2000-14th, 1999-18th, 1998-9th, 1996-12th, 1995-12th, 1993-15th, 1991-18th, 1989-5th, 1988-9th).

#88 Dan Boorse (Milwaukee, WI) -- 9 Starts (2004-6th, 2003-1st, 2002-13th, 2000-18th, 1999-1st, 1998-15th, 1993-9th, 1992-6th, 1991-4th).

#15 Scott Hatton (Roscoe, IL) -- 8 Starts (2004-18th, 2003-5th, 1995-21st, 1994-11th, 1993-6th, 1990-19th, 1989-11th, 1988-1st).

#20 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) -- 8 Starts (2005-23rd, 2004-4th, 2003-3rd, 2002-1st, 1998-20th, 1995-11th, 1994-8th, 1993-13th).

#11 Tracy Hines (Greenfield, IN) -- 7 Starts (2005-1st, 2004-9th, 2002-22nd, 2000-5th, 1999-8th, 1998-11th, 1997-17th).

#11w Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN) -- 7 Starts (2005-3rd, 2004-10th, 2003-16th, 2002-5th, 2001-24th, 2000-20th, 1998-13th).

#32L Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA) -- 7 Starts (2004-5th, 2002-14th, 2001-25th, 2000-9th, 1999-16th, 1998-2nd, 1997-18th).

#47 Cory Kruseman (Ventura, CA) -- 7 Starts (2005-2nd, 2004-1st, 2003-13th, 2002-3rd, 2000-1st, 1999-2nd, 1998-22nd).

#57k Randy Koch (Wisconsin, OR) -- 7 Starts (2003-24th, 2001-12th, 1998-21st, 1997-22nd, 1996-14th, 1995-15th, 1989-16th).

#23 Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ) -- 6 Starts (2005-12th, 2004-13th, 2002-24th, 2001-23rd, 1999-7th, 1994-20th).

#71k Jay Drake (Val Verde, CA) -- 6 Starts (2003-2nd, 2001-1st, 1999-14th, 1998-6th, 1997-13th, 1996-5th).

#8s Jimmy Sills (Elverta, CA) -- 5 Starts (2004-22nd, 2003-18th, 2000-21st, 1999-5th, 1993-20th).

#17J P.J. Jones (Torrance, CA) -- 5 Starts (2005-7th, 2003-12th, 19th-1997, 2nd-1996, 9th-1994).

#9E Tony Elliott (Warsaw, IN) -- 4 Starts (2002-9th, 2001-20th, 1998-7th, 1997-14th).

#31 Donnie Lehmann (Springfield, IL) -- 4 Starts (2000-10th, 1997-15th, 1989-13th, 1988-19th).

#35w Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) -- 4 Starts (2005-22nd, 2004-17th, 2000-19th, 1999-22nd).

#47x J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) -- 4 Starts (2004-3rd, 2002-11th, 2001-18th, 1999-9th).

#67s Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN) -- 4 Starts (1999-17th, 1994-3rd, 1991-3rd, 1990-2nd).

#81 Shane Carson (Yukon, OK) -- 4 Starts (1993-18th, 1992-21st, 1991-16th, 1987-4th).

#01 Greg Lueckert (Kansas City, MO) -- 3 Starts (2003-14th, 2002-8th, 2000-6th).

#9 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) -- 3 Starts (2004-24th, 2002-6th, 2001-22nd).

#12h Rick Hendrix (Canoga Park, CA) -- 3 Starts (1998-17th, 1996-15th, 1995-19th).

#71h Keith Rauch (Thornton, CO) -- 3 Starts (2001-5th, 2000-12th, 1995-16th).

#5 Davey Ray (Davenport, IA) -- 2 Starts (2004-8th, 2002-12th).

#6d Chad DeSelle (Sun Prairie, WI) -- 2 Starts (2005-21st, 2004-11th).

#7 Critter Malone (Speedway, IN) -- 2 Starts (2002-4th, 2000-22nd).

#7b Joe Boyles (Greenwood, MO) -- 2 Starts (2000-4th, 1999-15th).

#8k Bud Kaeding (Cristich, CA) -- 2 Starts (2005-13th, 2000-3rd).

#22 Ray Bull (Bloomsburg, PA) -- 2 Starts (2005-5th, 2004-19th).

#32 Aaron Fike (Galesburg, IL) -- 2 Starts (2003-4th, 2001-4th).

#44c Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN) -- 2 Starts (2001-10th, 2000-2nd).

#51 Mike Hess (Petersburg, IL) -- 2 Starts (2003-9th, 2000-17th).

#51s Jeremy Sherman (Phoenix, AZ) -- 2 Starts (2002-17th, 1997-6th).

#87c Rich Camfield (Decatur, IL) -- 2 Starts (2005-17th, 2001-21st).

#1a Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY) -- 1 Start (2005-9th).

#1w Paul White (Temple, TX) -- 1 Start (2005-19th).

#2 Danny Stratton (Riverside, CA) -- 1 Start (2004-7th).

#2L Luke Icke (Littleton, CO) -- 1 Start (2003-17th).

#2x Jon Stanbrough (Jamestown, IN) -- 1 Start (2005-14th).

#3w Brandon Waelti (Sun Prairie, WI) -- 1 Start (2005-18th).

#5m Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, PA) -- 1 Start (2004-23rd).

#6 Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) -- 1 Start (2003-10th).

#8F Aaron Fiscus (Sun Prairie, WI) -- 1 Start (1995-14th).

#20w Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) -- 1 Start (2004-16th).

#37x Casey Shuman (Tempe, AZ) -- 1 Start (2005-24th).

#43x Bryan Stanfill (Bakersfield, CA) -- 1 Start (1999-12th).

#44d Don Droud, Jr. (Lincoln, NE) -- 1 Start (2003-7th).

#69 A.J. Fike (Galesburg, IL) -- 1 Start (2002-20th).

#73 Josh Ford (Oxnard, CA) -- 1 Start (2005-4th).

#75 David Gough (Machesney Park, IL) -- 1 Start (2005-20th).

#85 Shane Hollingsworth (Indianapolis, IN) -- 1 Start (2002-23rd).

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).

New Award: A new award will be up for grabs this year, as Advantage Trucks & Salvage, Inc., of Lancaster, NY, is offering a $1,000 prize to the Best Appearing car.

Current Entries: 269 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, USAC/CRA champion Damion Gardner, 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 Jeep VanWormer.

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 with well over 100 different vendors. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet.Preferred Parking: 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 Complete information, including entry lists, updates and official results is available at

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


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Series Midget
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Billy Boat , Donnie Beechler , Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , P.J. Jones , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike , David Gough , Levi Jones , Paul White , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Davey Ray , Shane Cottle , Jimmy Sills , Donnie Lehmann , Chad DeSelle , Shane Hollingsworth , Brandon Waelti , Josh Ford , Ray Bull , Dave Blaney , Damion Gardner , Tim McCreadie , Aaron Fiscus , Bryan Stanfill , Joe Boyles , Rich Camfield , Scott Hatton , Rick Hendrix , Casey Shuman , Danny Stratton , Chad Kemenah