Chili Bowl set for action

O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals Tuesday TULSA, Okla. (January 9, 2007) -- With the trailer parking process successfully completed on Monday, there will be no shortage of on-track activity at Tulsa Expo Raceway as the 21st...

O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals Tuesday

TULSA, Okla. (January 9, 2007) -- With the trailer parking process successfully completed on Monday, there will be no shortage of on-track activity at Tulsa Expo Raceway as the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals fires to full-fledged life on Tuesday.

Action gets under way early, with open practice for all 280 entries slated for 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The entries have been split into 25 groups of 11-12 cars for hot lap sessions, with each group hitting the 0x00bc-mile clay oval inside the Expo Center on two occasions during the practice session.

While practice is going on, a Press Conference will take place at 2:00 p.m., allowing the media an opportunity to meet with several drivers before the full Chili Bowl storm erupts.

Immediately after practice concludes, draw-in commences for Tuesday night's Warren CAT Pre-Qualifying event.

A total of 79 entries are tabbed for Tuesday night's action, including eight entries that have yet to officially name a driver.

Tuesday night's program will consist of approximately 8-10 heat races, based upon car count, with twin "C" Mains, twin "B" Mains and a 25-lap "A" Main event lined up according to passing points.

One lucky, and talented, driver will garner national headlines with a Tuesday night Warren CAT Pre-Qualifier triumph. Another 14 will earn free passes to the following three night's Qualifying events.

The winner, along with the fourth, seventh, tenth and 13th "A" Main finishers earn berths in Friday night's Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Qualifying event.

Tuesday's runner-up joins the fifth, eighth, 11th and 14th place feature finishers in Thursday night's Bass Pro Shops Qualifying card.

The third-place runner in Tuesday's card moves with the sixth, ninth, 12th and 15th place finishers to Wednesday's Creek Nation Casino Qualifying showdown.

Drivers finishing 16th in the "A" Main and back will begin the Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Championship Saturday slate of feature events in the Twin "I", "K" and "L" Main events.

General admission tickets for Tuesday night's Warren CAT Pre-Qualifier are available for just $20 at the gate.

Additional information is available at www.chilibowl.com or by calling 918-838-3777.

-credit: lw

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