Chili Bowl nightly lineups announced

O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals -- Nightly Lineups Announced! TULSA, Okla. (December 27, 2006) -- With the qualifying night assignments now determined for the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals, a record field of 278 entries will take to...

O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals -- Nightly Lineups Announced!

TULSA,  Okla. (December 27, 2006) -- With the qualifying night assignments now
determined  for the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals, a record field
of  278 entries will take to the Tulsa Expo Raceway quarter-mile, indoor clay
oval  for five nights of Midget racing action on January 9-13.
The  field is comprised of entries from 27 different states as well as
Australia with  top guns from all variety of motorsports disciplines, including
NASCAR, NHRA,  Sprint Cars, Midgets, Late Models and more converging upon the city
of Tulsa in  pursuit of the coveted Golden Driller winner's trophy.
A  half dozen of the entered drivers have already captured the Golden Driller
on at  least one occasion, including 2002 winner Tony Stewart, 2005 victor
Tracy Hines  and defending champion Tim McCreadie.  The only three drivers to
snare more than one Chili Bowl victory are  entered as well, including four-time
winner Sammy Swindell (1989, 1992, 1996,  1998) and two-time champions Cory
Kruseman (2000 and 2004) and Dan Boorse (1999  and 2003).
A  total of 198 entries have been distributed over the Wednesday, Thursday
and  Friday Qualifying events to vie for starting positions in Saturday's full
slate  of championship events, which will likely commence with twin "L" Mains
before  finally culminating in Saturday night's 50-lap O'Reilly Chili Bowl
Nationals  championship "A" Main event.

Another 80 entries have been designated for Tuesday night's Pre-Qualifying event, added this year to accommodate the continuously increasing car count. The top 15 finishers from Tuesday's Pre-Qualifier will advance to the Qualifying Night events. The balance of Tuesday's field will start in Saturday's early features.

A quick look at each night's entries follows:

Tuesday,  January 9, 2007 -- Warren CAT Pre-Qualifying Night

The current count for the first Pre-Qualifier in O'Reilly Chili Bowl history stands at 80 and stands to pick up several more by the time the mighty Midgets fire to life for the Tuesday afternoon practice, which precedes that night's Pre-Qualifier. One sturdy cat will claw his or her way to Tuesday night's victory podium, with the top fifteen all moving on to Qualifying nights where some will ultimately make their Chili Bowl mark. The balance of the field gets an early wake up call on Saturday.
Wednesday,  January 10, 2007 -- Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Night

The wagering pools heat up on Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Night at the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals, with some of the headliners including four-time Chili Bowl champ Sammy Swindell, reigning NST kingpin and former World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Danny Lasoski, USAC Midget champion Jerry Coons, Jr., and west coast wingless Sprint ace Damion Gardner.
Other  Creek Nation Casino Wednesday night aces include 2005 USAC Sprint Car
champion  Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough, Johnny Rodriguez, Danny Stratton, Troy
Rutherford,  Darren Hagen, Mike Hess, NHRA straight-liner Cruz Pedregon and
16-year-old  Broken Arrow, OK, sensation Brady Bacon.

Past Wednesday night winners: Danny Lasoski (2006), Josh Ford (2005), Danny Lasoski (2004), Dan Boorse (2003), Kevin Doty (2002).

Wednesday's  Chili Bowl Veterans (Eight or more years of Chili Bowl
experience):  Donnie Lehmann 17, Sammy Swindell 16,  Danny Lasoski 15, Dave Camfield,
Sr. 10, Jerry Coons, Jr. 9, Tony Elliott 9,  Nick O'Neal 9, Joe Boyles 8, A.J.
Fike 8, Rick Hendrix 8, Mike Hess 8, Matt  Westfall 8.

Saturday Chili Bowl Championship Feature Starts Among Wednesday's Entries: Sammy Swindell 15, Danny Lasoski 14, Jerry Coons, Jr. 7, Matt Westfall 5, Tony Elliott 4, Donnie Lehmann 4, Rick Hendrix 3, Joe Boyles 2, Mike Hess 2, Davey Ray 2, Troy Rutherford 2, Jon Stanbrough 2, A.J. Fike 1, Damion Gardner 1, Luke Icke 1, Johnny Rodriguez 1, Casey Shuman 1, Danny Stratton 1, Paul White 1.

Thursday,  January 11, 2007 -- Bass Pro Shops Qualifying Night

The masses are decked out in hunting gear and go fishing for a winner on Bass Pro Shops Qualifying Night at the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, with some of the top contenders including defending race champion Tim McCreadie (who vies to become the first back-to-back winner in event history), 2005 Chili Bowl champ Tracy Hines, 2006 USAC Sprint Car champion Josh Wise and current NASCAR Nextel Cup rep J.J. Yeley, the author of much Chili Bowl lore in recent years.
Some  other top guns on Bass Pro Shops Qualifying Night include Jason
Leffler, Bobby  East, Kevin Swindell, Shane Cottle, Ray Bull, Steve Buckwalter,
Garrett Hansen,  and Owasso, OK, World of Outlaw sprint shoe Daryn Pittman, who
returns to the  Chili Bowl for the first time since 2001.

Past Thursday night winners: Jay Drake (2006), Tracy Hines (2005), Jason Leffler (2004), Scott Hatton (2003), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2001), Dave Darland (2000), Kevin Doty (1999), Jason Leffler (1998), Dave Blaney (1997), Billy Pauch (1996), Billy Boat (1995), Page Jones (1994), Dave Blaney (1993), Kevin Doty (1992), Lealand McSpadden (1991), John Heydenreich (1990).

Thursday's  Chili Bowl Veterans (Eight or more years of Chili Bowl
experience):  Edwin Wilson 15, Randy Koch 14, Critter  Malone 14, Bill Allen 12, Dave
Camfield, Jr. 12, Keith Rauch 12, Tracy Hines 10,  Jason Leffler 10, J.J. Yeley
10, Robby Flock 9, Aaron Kirk 9, Johnny Murdock 9,  Aaron Fike 8.
Saturday  Chili Bowl Championship Feature Starts Among Thursday's Entries:
Tracy Hines 8, Jason Leffler 8, Randy  Koch 7, J.J. Yeley 4, Shane Cottle 3,
Robby Flock 3, Keith Rauch 3, Steve  Buckwalter 2, Ray Bull 2, Chad Deselle 2,
Bobby East 2, Aaron Fike 2, Critter  Malone 2, Tim McCreadie 2, Josh Wise 2,
Justin Allgaier 1, Danny Ebberts 1,  Aaron Fiscus 1, David Gough 1, Garrett
Hansen 1, Mike Goodman 1, Daryn Pittman  1, Brandon Waelti 1.
Friday,  January 12, 2007 -- Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Qualifying Night

Throngs of O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals patrons vigorously grab life by the horns on Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Qualifying Night, which features NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne along with two-time Chili Bowl king and reigning USAC/CRA wingless Sprint Car champion Cory Kruseman and past USAC triple crown champion Dave Darland.
Also  part of a fierce field that is anything but cute are the likes of
former Chili  Bowl champion and IRL veteran Billy Boat, National Midget Driver of
the Year  Brad Kuhn, two-time Chili Bowl winner Dan Boorse, P.J. Jones, Don
Droud, Jr.,  Mike Spencer, Late Model standout Brian Birkhofer and Wayne Johnson,
who  thrilled last year's Saturday crowd with a rousing drive from Saturday F
Main  action to the A Main.

Past Friday night winners: Cory Kruseman (2006), Cory Kruseman (2005), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2004), Cory Kruseman (2003), Cory Kruseman (2002), Jay Drake (2001), Cory Kruseman (2000), Dan Boorse (1999), Sammy Swindell (1998), Donnie Beechler (1997), Donnie Beechler (1996), Ron Shuman (1995), Ron Shuman (1994), Ken Schrader (1993), Ken Schrader (1992), Sammy Swindell (1991), Sammy Swindell (1990), Rich Vogler (1989), Danny Frye, Jr. (1988), Gene Gennetten (1987).

Friday's  Chili Bowl Veterans (Eight or more years of Chili Bowl experience): Ron Kuhn 17, Dan Boorse 16, Rich  Camfield 16, Steve Newman 15, Tony Stewart
10, Dave Darland 9, P.J. Jones 9,  Cory Kruseman 9, Tim Siner 8.
Saturday  Chili Bowl Championship Feature Starts Among Friday's Entries:  Dan
Boorse 9, Dave Darland 8, Cory  Kruseman 8, Tony Stewart 8, P.J. Jones 6,
Billy Boat 5, Shane Carson 4, Kasey  Kahne 4, Rich Camfield 2, Don Droud, Jr. 2,
Josh Ford 1, Shane Hollingsworth 1,  Wayne Johnson 1, Brad Kuhn 1.
Saturday,  January 13, 2007 -- Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Championship Saturday

The action gets rolling early on Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Championship Saturday at the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals, with the twin "K" Mains, or more likely twin "L" Mains, getting the green flag at approximately 1:00 p.m. Memorable charges through the alphabet are always a strong possibility as a bad shake from Lady Luck on a Qualifying night can bury a top contender deep in the Saturday grid. In 2003, Sammy Swindell charged from "E" Feature action to the "A" Main before slicing through the field up to second in only 20 laps before mechanical woes denied what could have ranked as perhaps the most spectacular victory in event history.
A  year later, J.J. Yeley passed 69 cars on Saturday by charging from an "F"
Main  to a third place finish in the championship feature.  Then last year,
Wayne Johnson juiced up  the crowd with a dazzling drive from an "F" Main to the "A".

The Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Championship Saturday alphabet soup of features culminates with the night's O'Reilly Chili Bowl championship "A" Main event, where 24 drivers all strive to leave the competition in the proverbial dust in the 50-lap capper. But at the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals, the final outcome is never sealed until that final checkered flag flies.

Additional O'Reilly Chili Bowl information:

What: 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

Where:  Tulsa  Expo Raceway --  ¼-mile clay oval inside the Tulsa Exposition
Center at the Tulsa  State Fairgrounds

When: January 9-13, 2007. Tuesday -- Warren CAT Pre-Qualifying Night; Wednesday - Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Night; Thursday -- Bass Pro Shops Qualifying Night; Friday -- Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Qualifying Night; Saturday - Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Championship

Saturday  Features
Past  Winners:  Tim  McCreadie (2006), 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:  278  entries from 27 different states, surpassing the 2006
Chili Bowl record of 260  competitors.
Past  winners already entered include Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell, Cory
Kruseman, Dan  Boorse, Tracy Hines and defending race champion Tim  McCreadie.
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 five 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 at just $12 for adults and only $6 for children ten years of age and under. The buffet is available from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and then 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets:  Four-night  tickets for Wednesday through Saturday of the 21st
Annual O'Reilly  Chili Bowl Nationals were depleted at the end of June.  General
admission for Tuesday night's  Pre-Qualifying event will be available at the
gate for $20 per person.  Pit passes for all five nights are  available.


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Series Midget
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Ken Schrader , Billy Boat , Donnie Beechler , Brian Birkhofer , Kevin Swindell , Cruz Pedregon , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , Danny Ebberts , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Tony Elliott , P.J. Jones , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Johnny Rodriguez , Bobby East , John Heydenreich , Matt Westfall , A.J. Fike , David Gough , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Davey Ray , Daryn Pittman , Billy Pauch , Tim Siner , Shane Cottle , Steve Newman , Justin Allgaier , Robby Flock , Aaron Kirk , Donnie Lehmann , Shane Hollingsworth , Brandon Waelti , Josh Ford , Ray Bull , Dave Blaney , Darren Hagen , Damion Gardner , Tim McCreadie , Aaron Fiscus , Joe Boyles , Mike Spencer , Rich Camfield , Troy Rutherford , Nick O'Neal , Scott Hatton , Rick Hendrix , Garrett Hansen , Wayne Johnson , Casey Shuman , Danny Stratton , Johnny Murdock