It's Chili Bowl time in Tulsa

Tulsa, OK - The strongest field in the history of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals has converged upon the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, OK, for the 19th edition of the Super Bowl of auto racing, which gets under way Wednesday night at ...

Tulsa, OK - The strongest field in the history of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals has converged upon the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, OK, for the 19th edition of the Super Bowl of auto racing, which gets under way Wednesday night at 6:45.

One-third of the 257 entries will be in action in Wednesday night's Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Showdown, with the second-third in competition during Thursday night's Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores qualifiers. The final third of the entrants take to the quarter-mile dirt track oval for Friday's qualifier.

The top four finishers from each night's feature will be locked into Saturday night's 50-lap championship main event, with the balance of Saturday's feature lineups based up qualifying night results.

Each qualifying night will consist of a full program of heat races, D Feature, C Features, B Features and A Feature. Saturday's card will kick off with the first "J" Features in Chili Bowl history, with the possibility of a "K" Feature preceding that.

Wednesday night's Creek Nation Casino Qualifying Showdown is headlined by World of Outlaws ace Danny Lasoski, USAC Sprint Car champion Jay Drake and Chili Bowl legend J.J. Yeley, with other top contenders including Davey Ray, Levi Jones, Jason Meyers, Damion Gardner, Jon Stanbrough, Brad Kuhn, Shane Cottle and two-time Chili Bowl winner Dan Boorse.

The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Thursday Night Thunder at the Bowl qualifier includes NASCAR Nextel Cup star Tony Stewart, Craftsman truck racer Tracy Hines, Josh Wise, Scott Hatton, Kraig Kinser, Scott Hatton, Bud Kaeding, Gary Wright, Danny Stratton, Ray Bull and Australian Adam Clarke.

Friday's qualifier includes NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne, two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman, 19-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, Dave Darland, New Zealand phenom Michael Pickens, USAC Midget champion Bobby East, Tyler Walker, Jerry Coons, Jr., USAC/CRA champion Rip Williams and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year Aaron Fike.

Wednesday night's qualifier also features the Late Model Chili Bowl Challenge, in which Rick Eckert, Bart Hartman, Tim McCreadie and Jeep Van Wormer will battle it out for $1,000. The same amount is up for grabs in Thursday night's Pro Lube / Race Girl Chili Bowl Dash for Cash with female Chili Bowl entrants Michele Miller, Tracy Miller, Michelle Decker, Shannon McQueen, Randi Pankratz, Amy Maris and Tiffany Wyzard.

This year's record amount of 257 entries represents 27 different states as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Heat races for each qualifying night will get under way at 6:45, while Saturday's features will begin at 1:00 p.m.

A limited number of tickets for Wednesday and Thursday night's qualifying action remain, with only pit passes available for Friday's qualifier and Saturday's finale.

For additional information regarding the 19th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, check www.chilibowl.com. More information is also available by calling 918-838-3777.

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Series Midget
Drivers Tony Stewart , Rick Eckert , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Levi Jones , Tyler Walker , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Davey Ray , Jason Meyers , Kraig Kinser , Shane Cottle , Amy Maris , Rip Williams , Michelle Decker , Tracy Miller , Ray Bull , Randi Pankratz , Damion Gardner , Tim McCreadie , Scott Hatton , Shannon McQueen , Danny Stratton
Teams Williams