Chili Bowl qualifying nights announced

O'REILLY CHILI BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS QUALIFYING NIGHTS ANNOUNCED TULSA, Okla. (December 29, 2005) -- With anticipation mounting throughout the racing world, the list of drivers according to qualifying night for the upcoming 20th Annual O'Reilly...

O'REILLY CHILI BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS QUALIFYING NIGHTS ANNOUNCED

TULSA, Okla. (December 29, 2005) -- With anticipation mounting throughout the racing world, the list of drivers according to qualifying night for the upcoming 20th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, to be held at Tulsa Expo Raceway from January 11-14, 2006, has been released and is available at www.chilibowl.com.

Entries for the Super Bowl of auto racing have reached a record plateau of 270, surpassing last year's record of 249 competitors. Drivers represent 32 different states and all variety of racing disciplines, with hundreds of feature wins and more than 30 track or series titles represented among the star-studded field.

Wednesday night's Creek Nation Casino qualifier is headlined by a pair of past USAC Triple Crown winners, including reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart and Dave Darland. Stewart, the 2002 Chili Bowl champion, and Darland are joined by 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, three-time Chili Bowl Nationals runner-up Danny Lasoski, 2005 Belleville Midget Nationals winner Jerry Coons, Jr., perennial ARDC Midget kingpin Ray Bull, USAC Western States Midget champion Jerome Rodela, Hut Hundred winner Johnny Rodriguez, NASCAR Busch Series competitor Aaron Fike, Gateway Midget champion Mike Hess, two-time Chili Bowl champion Dan Boorse, NHRA's Funny Car Pedregon brothers and Late Model and DIRT Modified ace Tim McCreadie among others.

The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Thursday Night Thunder at the Bowl Qualifier includes, defending race winner Tracy Hines, 2001 Chili Bowl champion Jay Drake, 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year candidate J.J. Yeley, NASCAR Busch Series shoe Jason Leffler, American Sprint Car Series National champion Gary Wright, All-Star champion Chad Kemenah, USAC and Sprint Bandits champion Levi Jones, National Midget Driver of the Year Brad Kuhn, Bud Kaeding, Jon Stanbrough and Arizona Sprint Car Association champion Jeremy Sherman and Late Model shoes Bart Hartman and Steve Francis.

Friday night's Warren CAT Qualifier is headlined by stars such as NASCAR Nextel Cup sensation Kasey Kahne, four-time Chili Bowl ace Sammy Swindell, two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman, USAC National Midget champion Josh Wise, 1988 Chili Bowl winner and reigning Badger Midget champion Scott Hatton, Davey Ray, Danny Stratton, Jimmy Sills, P.J. Jones, Shane Cottle, Bryan Clauson and NHRA Top Fuel star Morgan Lucas.

Each qualifying night consists of a full racing card including Feature events, with the top four in each night's "A" Main locked into Saturday night's 50-lap, 24-car O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals championship finale. The balance of Saturday night's feature lineups will be determined according to each driver's qualifying night results.

Today on the Entry List: Donnie Lehmann filled two of his "TBA" entries with Justin Henderson of Sioux Falls, SD, taking the seat of the No. 31h entry and Kansas City's Joe Walker at the helm of the No. 31x. With the addition of Henderson, 32 states are now represented among the 270 entries.

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 32 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 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 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 , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Joe Walker , Jay Drake , Johnny Rodriguez , Levi Jones , Morgan Lucas , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Davey Ray , Shane Cottle , Jimmy Sills , Bryan Clauson , Donnie Lehmann , Ray Bull , Dave Blaney , Steve Francis , Tim McCreadie , Scott Hatton , Danny Stratton , Chad Kemenah