Larson Scores Fourth Consecutive Preliminary Feature Win at the Chili Bowl

(l to r) Second place Thomas Thomas Meseraull, winner Kyle Larson, and third place Zach Daum. (Tim Alywin Photo)

From Bryan Hulbert

TULSA, Okla. (January 12, 2021) – Picking up his fourth Warren CAT Qualifying Night victory in as many years, Kyle Larson punched his ticket into Saturday’s championship A-Feature for the 10th time since 2010.

Larson’s seventh overall preliminary night victory, the MAVTV No. 01 trailed Thomas Meseraull on the start with the pair quickly going slide for slide for the lead until the caution came on Lap 4 when Jonathan Beason’s third-place run came to a close with a hard hit to the wall in the second turn.

Rolling the cushion on the restart, Meseraull was under fire immediately, with Larson not able to hold the spot. Regrouping and taking the lead on Lap 8, the point was short-lived as the RMS No. 7x went on the attack. Enter Shane Golobic to make it a three-car fight; the trio traded every line around the Tulsa Expo Raceway before the caution slowed action on Lap 10.

Keeping pace through several consecutive cautions, the leaders began shifting lower and lower, with the bottom becoming the dominant line throughout the field by the halfway point. Slowed as traffic came into play on Lap 16, Larson was now stalked by Shane Golobic with Meseraull in pursuit.

Coming back up on the back of the field with two laps to go, the pressure was on from Shane. Working to the white flag, the NOS Energy Drink No. 17w tried to keep on Larson’s back bumper as he put cars a lap down, but too much speed mounted the Matt Wood Racing entry on a slower car’s left rear tire.

Dealing with the caution again, the final restart saw T-Mez taking several shots at Larson, but it wasn’t enough as Kyle crossed 0.395-seconds ahead of Meseraull. Zach Daum ended up third from seventh, with Cole Bodine up five spots to fourth. Coming from 13th, Danny Stratton rounded out the top five.

Derek Hagar was sixth, with Chase Johnson making up 12 positions to grab seventh. Hank Davis eighth was pursued to the line by Daison Pursley, who was the night’s Hard Charger from 22nd. Frank Flud also made up ground with a run from 21st to tenth,

A field of 62 was on hand Tuesday night for a total of 119 entries on the week thus far.

Fatheadz Eyewear Heat Races went to Carson Kvapil, Chase Johnson, Thomas Meseraull, Zach Daum, Brody Fuson, Tanner Carrick, Hank Davis, and Kyle Larson. C-Features were topped by Charlie Crumpton and Matt Westfall. Team Toyota Qualifiers went to Shane Golobic, Kyle Larson, and Jonathan Beason. A pair of B-Features were won by Shane Cottle and Carson Kvapil.

The VIROC saw Christopher Bell trail early, only to blow the field away by 4.573-seconds. Cannon McIntosh, who led early, ended up second with Kyle Larson third on a last corner pass on Zach Daum and Justin Grant.

The World Wide Technology Raceway Flip Count made it to 23, with all drivers uninjured.

The 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues Wednesday, January 13, 2021, with Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night. The River Spirit Expo Center opens at 9:00 A.M. with Hot Laps at 4:00 P.M. and Racing at 5:00 P.M. (CT). A limited number of Pit Passes will be available to the General Public.

Reminder to all who attend that masks are required while inside the River Spirit Expo Center.

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Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Warren CAT Qualifying Night
Tulsa Expo Raceway
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Heat Race #1 (8 Laps)
1. 2MD-Carson Kvapil[2]
2. 57D-Aiden Purdue[1]
3. 9JR-Derek Hagar[4]
4. 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr[5]
5. 08K-Michael Faccinto[7]
6. 56D-Mitchell Davis[8]
7. 17K-Patrick Kop[6]
8. 73G-Avery Goodman[3]

Heat Race #2 (8 Laps)
1. 72-Chase Johnson[1]
2. 17W-Shane Golobic[4]
3. 39B-Cole Bodine[7]
4. 75A-Bryan Stanfill[8]
5. 3PS-Brad Wyatt[3]
6. 10P-Dylan Postier[2]
7. 3-Roy Larkin[6]
8. 4U-Jeremy Hill[5]

Heat Race #3 (8 Laps)
1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[5]
2. 7U-Kyle Jones[1]
3. 19-Frank Flud[8]
4. 79K-Kyle Simon[3]
5. 2BX-Brett Becker[6]
6. 51-Curtis Jones[7]
7. 0FG-Kevin Quinn[4]
8. B51-Johnny Brown Jr[2]

Heat Race #4 (8 Laps)
1. 5D-Zach Daum[3]
2. 41X-Howard Moore[2]
3. 91A-Chris Andrews[4]
4. 68W-Danny Stratton[6]
5. 22B-Troy Betts[5]
6. 21B-Brenden Bright[7]
7. 23T-Tristan Lee[1]
DNS: 68C-Corby Scherb

Heat Race #5 (8 Laps)
1. 73X-Brody Fuson[4]
2. 55D-Nick Drake[7]
3. 8J-Jonathan Beason[8]
4. 81X-Dillon Welch[2]
5. 54-Matt Westfall[1]
6. 7W-Steve Young[3]
7. 4F-Chad Frewaldt[5]
8. 2W-Tony Bruce Jr[6]

Heat Race #6 (8 Laps)
1. 98K-Tanner Carrick[6]
2. 19Z-Hayden Reinbold[1]
3. 15S-Dennie Gieber[3]
4. 72W-Tye Wilke[5]
5. 5B-Bobby Brewer[2]
6. 72K-Chad Turner[8]
7. 37T-Kelby Watt[4]
8. 26-Cory Eliason[7]

Heat Race #7 (8 Laps)
1. 14E-Hank Davis[6]
2. 45H-Shane Cottle[3]
3. 9P-Daison Pursley[2]
4. 21F-Anton Hernandez[1]
5. 74Z-Zack Merritt[4]
6. 22C-Charlie Crumpton[7]
7. 98-Ryan Padgett[5]

Heat Race #8 (8 Laps)
1. 01-Kyle Larson[4]
2. 20H-Noah Harris[2]
3. 51H-Mike Hess[7]
4. 31B-Kyle Beilman[3]
5. 2R-Carson Sousa[6]
6. 82-Toby Alfrey[1]
7. 2T-Tanner Allen[5]

C-Main #1 (12 Laps)
1. 22C-Charlie Crumpton[1]
2. 2T-Tanner Allen[5]
3. 10P-Dylan Postier[4]
4. 23T-Tristan Lee[7]
5. 37T-Kelby Watt[8]
6. 5B-Bobby Brewer[2]
7. 4U-Jeremy Hill[10]
8. 4F-Chad Frewaldt[6]
9. 17K-Patrick Kop[3]
10. B51-Johnny Brown Jr[9]
11. 72K-Chad Turner[11]

C-Main #2 (12 Laps)
1. 54-Matt Westfall[2]
2. 26-Cory Eliason[8]
3. 3PS-Brad Wyatt[1]
4. 82-Toby Alfrey[4]
5. 7W-Steve Young[3]
6. 2W-Tony Bruce Jr[9]
7. 0FG-Kevin Quinn[7]
8. 73G-Avery Goodman[10]
9. 3-Roy Larkin[5]
10. 68C-Corby Scherb[11]
11. 98-Ryan Padgett[6]

Qualifier #1 (10 Laps)
1. 17W-Shane Golobic[3]
2. 5D-Zach Daum[4]
3. 98K-Tanner Carrick[6]
4. 08K-Michael Faccinto[8]
5. 41X-Howard Moore[2]
6. 73X-Brody Fuson[5]
7. 19Z-Hayden Reinbold[1]
8. 15S-Dennie Gieber[7]
9. 2R-Carson Sousa[9]
10. 22B-Troy Betts[10]

Qualifier #2 (10 Laps)
1. 01-Kyle Larson[5]
2. 9JR-Derek Hagar[1]
3. 14E-Hank Davis[6]
4. 39B-Cole Bodine[4]
5. 72-Chase Johnson[3]
6. 20H-Noah Harris[2]
7. 79K-Kyle Simon[8]
8. 74Z-Zack Merritt[10]
9. 81X-Dillon Welch[9]
10. 9P-Daison Pursley[7]

Qualifier #3 (10 Laps)
1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[6]
2. 57D-Aiden Purdue[2]
3. 56D-Mitchell Davis[9]
4. 51-Curtis Jones[10]
5. 91A-Chris Andrews[1]
6. 19-Frank Flud[5]
7. 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr[7]
8. 51H-Mike Hess[4]
9. 31B-Kyle Beilman[8]
10. 75A-Bryan Stanfill[3]

Qualifier #4 (10 Laps)
1. 8J-Jonathan Beason[5]
2. 68W-Danny Stratton[1]
3. 7U-Kyle Jones[2]
4. 45H-Shane Cottle[3]
5. 2MD-Carson Kvapil[4]
6. 21F-Anton Hernandez[9]
7. 55D-Nick Drake[6]
8. 21B-Brenden Bright[10]
9. 2BX-Brett Becker[8]
10. 72W-Tye Wilke[7]

B-Main #1 (15 Laps)
1. 45H-Shane Cottle[1]
2. 72-Chase Johnson[3]
3. 19-Frank Flud[2]
4. 20H-Noah Harris[5]
5. 75A-Bryan Stanfill[9]
6. 74Z-Zack Merritt[8]
7. 91A-Chris Andrews[4]
8. 10P-Dylan Postier[15]
9. 23T-Tristan Lee[14]
10. 72W-Tye Wilke[10]
11. 2T-Tanner Allen[12]
12. 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr[6]
13. 2BX-Brett Becker[11]
14. 22C-Charlie Crumpton[13]
15. 79K-Kyle Simon[7]
DNS: 81X-Dillon Welch

B-Main #2 (15 Laps)
1. 2MD-Carson Kvapil[1]
2. 21F-Anton Hernandez[4]
3. 9P-Daison Pursley[11]
4. 55D-Nick Drake[2]
5. 2R-Carson Sousa[9]
6. 41X-Howard Moore[3]
7. 51H-Mike Hess[5]
8. 26-Cory Eliason[14]
9. 54-Matt Westfall[13]
10. 3PS-Brad Wyatt[15]
11. 15S-Dennie Gieber[7]
12. 22B-Troy Betts[12]
13. 21B-Brenden Bright[8]
14. 31B-Kyle Beilman[10]
15. 19Z-Hayden Reinbold[6]
16. 82-Toby Alfrey[16]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 01-Kyle Larson[2]
2. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[1]
3. 5D-Zach Daum[7]
4. 39B-Cole Bodine[9]
5. 68W-Danny Stratton[13]
6. 9JR-Derek Hagar[11]
7. 72-Chase Johnson[19]
8. 14E-Hank Davis[5]
9. 9P-Daison Pursley[22]
10. 19-Frank Flud[21]
11. 7U-Kyle Jones[16]
12. 55D-Nick Drake[24]
13. 08K-Michael Faccinto[12]
14. 8J-Jonathan Beason[3]
15. 20H-Noah Harris[23]
16. 21F-Anton Hernandez[20]
17. 56D-Mitchell Davis[8]
18. 98K-Tanner Carrick[4]
19. 57D-Aiden Purdue[10]
20. 45H-Shane Cottle[17]
21. 2MD-Carson Kvapil[18]
22. 17W-Shane Golobic[6]
23. 73X-Brody Fuson[15]
24. 51-Curtis Jones[14]

VIROC (25 Laps)
1. 84X-Christopher Bell[6]
2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[4]
3. 01-Kyle Larson[3]
4. 5D-Zach Daum[5]
5. 2J-Justin Grant[7]
6. 21H-Brady Bacon[11]
7. 08-Tanner Thorson[1]
8. 1R-Brad Sweet[12]
9. 21-Daryn Pittman[10]
10. 87-Aaron Reutzel[13]
11. 97-Rico Abreu[8]
12. 3N-Jake Neuman[14]
13. 1S-Spencer Bayston[2]
14. 89-Chris Windom[9]