(Bill W) December 19, 2014 – The Cole Wood Racing team has announced a four-driver midget team for the Chili Bowl. The 29th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will be held January 13-17, 2015 at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Returning with the team will be Cole Wood of Auburn, California in the #17w, Dominic Scelzi of Fresno, California in the #17s, and Chase Johnson of Penngrove, California in the #17J. Joining the team in 2015 will be the “Lil’ Shu”, Casey Shuman. The Rattlesnake Bend, Arizona driver will pilot the #17c. All Cole Wood Racing midgets will be Spike Chassis powered by Esslinger, and sponsored by Elk Grove Ford and Fuel Safe.
About the drivers…
Chase Johnson – Chase spread his wings in 2014, racing sprint cars at other venues in the West and Midwest. He made his Chili Bowl debut in January, was involved in the 24 hours of LeMons in March, and made his 410 winged sprint car debut as well. Chase also competed in non-wing 410 sprint cars, non-wing spec sprint cars and a non-wing micro-sprint. He picked up a micro-sprint win at Petaluma Speedway in California.
Dominic Scelzi – Dominic also made his Chili Bowl debut with Cole Wood Racing in 2014. He was the 410 Rookie of the Year in the North American Sprint Car Poll in 2013, and the King of the West Rookie of the Year. He has finished in the top ten the past two seasons with the King of the West Series, and has picked up a total of four wins the past two years.
Casey Shuman – Casey is the veteran of the group, and is seeking his fifth career A main experience at the Chili Bowl. In 2012, he won the GW Elkin Award for passing the most cars during Chili Bowl week. His Chili Bowl partners are Rajin’ Racewear and Mesilla Valley Transport.
Cole Wood – Cole comes off a successful sophomore season in sprint car racing, picking up his first win with the JSTS series outrunning the likes of Brian Brown, Terry McCarl, Roger Crockett and a host of others. Cole had a number of top tens in 2014, competing in over 90 races. He ran 360 and 410 winged sprint cars, as well as midgets. He competed with the ASCS National Tour, several ASCS regional series, MOWA, JSTS, the Nebraska 360 Sprint Series, Knoxville Raceway, the World of Outlaws, as well as the POWRi Midget Series. This will be Cole’s third Chili Bowl.
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The Cole Wood Racing team would like to thank: Elk Grove Ford, Speed Mart, Moss Racing Engines, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center at Elk Grove Ford, Wion’s Body Shop, CSI Shocks, Prime Time Customs, Weld Wheels, Sparco, NorCal Boxer Rescue and ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems.