From Lonnie Wheatley
TULSA, Okla. (December 9, 2010) – It’s the Bowl season once again, and it’s imperative to know the players when the big one comes around.
Race fans gearing up for the biggest bowl of the season, the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, get a first glance now at the entry list for the blockbuster event that is set to take place at the QuikTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway on January 11-15, 2011.
With the pre-entry of deadline of December 15 still a week away, the entry count has already climbed to 143 with 22 states as well as New Zealand among the early entries. The current list of entries for the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals is available at www.chilibowl.com/2011chilibowlentries.asp. Driver entry is just $150 if filed by December 15. Entries filed after the pre-entry deadline are $200.
Among the early batch of entries are defending Chili Bowl champion Kevin Swindell and his father, five-time event winner Sammy Swindell. Other past winners already entered include Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake and Johnny Heydenreich.
Initially a two-day event that attracted approximately 50 cars in 1987, the entry count topped the 100 mark in 1994 and then surged past 200 for the first time in 2003. Last year, 256 competitors took part in the Chili Bowl after a record number of 281 in 2009.
With Kevin Swindell becoming the 17th different winner in Chili Bowl history in January 2010, there have been just four drivers claim multiple Golden Drillers since Rich Vogler won the inaugural event in 1987. Tony Stewart, Cory Kruseman and Dan Boorse have each topped the Chili Bowl on two occasions, while Sammy Swindell added an unprecedented fifth win in 2009 to previous victories in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 1998.
After a practice session on Monday, January 10, the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals kicks off one night later with the first of four qualifying nights. Tuesday’s Warren CAT Qualifier will also include the Third Annual Vacuworx International Chili Bowl Race of Champions, featuring past event winners and other top Chili Bowl contenders squaring off in a special feature race.
Action continues with Wednesday’s River Spirit Casino Qualifier, Thursday’s Qualifier and then Friday’s Vacuworx International Qualifier.
The top three finishers from each of the Qualifying Night features will automatically lock into the Saturday night, January 15, Lucas Oil Chili Bowl championship feature, with the balance of Saturday’s Lucas Oil championship feature events lined up according to Qualifying Night finishes.
A limited number of reserved seats remain for Tuesday night’s Warren CAT Qualifying event and Vacuworx International Chili Bowl Race of Champions for just $43 apiece. Tickets may be obtained by calling the ticket office at 918-838-3777.
Additional information regarding the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is available at http://www.chilibowl.com/.
Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Pre-Entry Stats:
Most Chili Bowls Competed In (Among Pre-Entered Drivers): Sammy Swindell 20, Johnny Heydenreich 19, Tracy Hines 14, J.J. Yeley 14, Jerry Coons, Jr. 13, Jay Drake 13, Cory Kruseman 13, Tony Elliott 13, P.J. Jones 13, Johnny Murdock 13, A.J. Fike 12, Tim Siner 12, Nick O’Neal 12, Matt Westfall 12, Floyd Alvis 9, Glenn Carson 9, Shane Hollingsworth 9, Josh Ford 9, Thomas Meseraull 9, Davey Ray 9, Brandon Waelti 9, Paul White 9, Steve Buckwalter 8, Don Droud, Jr. 8, Ryan Durst 8, Bobby East 8, Damion Gardner 8, Garrett Hansen 8, Matt Mitchell 8, Gary Taylor 8, Josh Wise 8.
Chili Bowl Championship Feature Starts (Among Pre-Entered Drivers): Sammy Swindell 17, Jerry Coons, Jr. 11, Tracy Hines 11, Cory Kruseman 9, Jay Drake 7, P.J. Jones 6, J.J. Yeley 6, Matt Westfall 5, Steve Buckwalter 4, Bobby East 4, Tony Elliott 4, Davey Ray 4, Josh Ford 3, Damion Gardner 3, Johnny Heydenreich 3, Casey Shuman 3, Cole Whitt 3, Chris Windom 3, Don Droud, Jr. 2, Garrett Hansen 2, Brad Loyet 2, Thomas Meseraull 2, Michael Pickens 2, Danny Stratton 2, Kevin Swindell 2, Josh Wise 2, Brady Bacon 1, Bryan Clauson 1, Zach Daum 1, Ryan Durst 1, A.J. Fike 1, Jonathan Hendrick 1, Shane Hollingsworth 1, Tony Roney 1, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 1, Gary Taylor 1, Brandon Waelti 1, Paul White1.
Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Quick Facts:
What: 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals
Where: Tulsa Expo Raceway – ¼-mile clay oval inside the QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds
January 11-15, 2011
Tuesday – Warren CAT Qualifying Night plus Vacuworx Chili Bowl Race of Champions
Wednesday – River Spirit Casino Qualifying Night
Thursday – Qualifying Night
Friday – Vacuworx International Qualifying Night
Saturday – Lucas Oil Championship Feature Events
Past Winners: Kevin Swindell (2010), Sammy Swindell (2009, 1998, 1996, 1992 and 1989), Damion Gardner (2008), Tony Stewart (2007 and 2002), Tim McCreadie (2006), Tracy Hines (2005), Cory Kruseman (2004 and 2000), Dan Boorse (2003 and 1999), 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).
Trade Show: Always a popular attraction at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Tuesday 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.
Tickets: A limited number of reserved seats for Tuesday night’s Warren CAT Qualifying Event and the Second Annual Vacuworx International Chili Bowl Race of Champions are available for $43 per person and may be obtained by calling 918-838-3777 or at the gate if still available. Pit passes for all five nights are available at the gate as well.
Chili Bowl on TV: Portions of the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals will be broadcast on SPEED TV on a tape-delayed basis.
Chili Bowl on the Net: All official news pertaining to the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, including official entry lists, race results and recaps, is available first at www.chilibowl.com. Also, all five nights of the Chili Bowl Nationals will be broadcast live (audio) on www.racinboys.com.
Additional information regarding the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is available at http://www.chilibowl.com/ or by calling 918-838-3777.