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When NASCAR drivers will qualify for Chili Bowl Nationals, event format

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Next week will bring the 34th Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which sees multiple NASCAR drivers among the roughly 345 entires for the event that runs from Jan. 13 -18.

The Chili Bowl has announced which night each driver is scheduled to participate in qualifying races.

Over the course of five nights, the top-two finishers from each A feature will lock themselves into Saturday’s 55-lap race.

Each night of qualifying races begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Here’s when the NASCAR drivers will qualify.

Monday, Jan. 13 – Cummins Qualifying Night

Chase Briscoe

Ryan Ellis

Tuesday, Jan. 14  – Warren CAT Qualifying Night

Alex Bowman

Kyle Larson

NBC Sports reporter Dillon Welch

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Hard Rock Casino Qualifying Night

J.J. Yeley

Ryan Newman

Rico Abreu

Thursday, Jan. 16 – John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night

Justin Allgaier

Christoper Bell

Friday, Jan. 17 – Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

IndyCar driver Conor Daly

IndyCar and former Xfinity Series driver James Davison

Here is the event format for the Chili Bowl:

– Advancement from heat races to features is based upon passing points earned in heat race and qualifying races. Passing points are based upon car starting position when the yellow light goes out prior to the initial start of the heat or qualifying race.

– The 40 drivers earning the most passing points advance to four “A” qualifying races; drivers in passing points positions 41-68 will go to two C Main races. The two C Main races will have 16 cars, 12 laps in length.

– The top four cars in each C Main race will advance to the back of the B Main races, going 15 laps. (Top four from first C Main to back of first B Main, top four from second C Main to back of second B main)

– The lineup of each “A” Qualifying race will include an inversion of six cars. The top 24 cars in passing points will make the inversion. (The top point driver will start on row three of the first qualifying race, the No. 2 driver on row 3 of the second qualifying race, etc.)

– The four qualifying races will have 10 cars each with the top 16 in combined passing points from the heats and qualifying races advancing to the A Main.

– The balance of the cars (24) from the “A” qualifying races will advance to two 16 car B Mains. The top four in each B Main will advance to the A Main, going 30 laps.

– There will be 24 drivers in each preliminary night A feature

– The top two drivers in the preliminary A qualify for Saturday’s A Main.

Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now entered in Chili Bowl Nationals

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Former Roush Fenway Racing teammates Ryan Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are now among the NASCAR drivers entered in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Roush’s Newman and Stenhouse – who will race for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2020 –  join three-time defending winner Christopher Bell and a handful of other current and former NASCAR drivers among the roughly 340 entries for the 34th annual Chili Bowl.

Newman and Stenhouse will each compete for the Clauson-Marshall team.

The midget racing event will be held Jan. 13 – 18 on the Tulsa Expo Raceway, a quarter-mile clay oval inside the River Spirit Expo Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square.

Bell, who will compete for Leavine Family Racing as a rookie in the Cup Series in 2020, won the event from 2017-19.

Joining Newman, Stenhouse and Bell in trying to claim the Chili Bowl’s “Golden Driller” trophy are:

* Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman and J.J. Yeley.

* Xfinity Series drivers Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe and Ryan Ellis and former Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver and two-time Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu.

* NBC Sports reporter Dillon Welch.

* Former IndyCar and Xfinity Series driver James Davison.

Kyle Larson covets Chili Bowl over Daytona 500, but still wants to win ‘Great American Race’

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Kyle Larson was “heartbroken” when he lost the 2017 Daytona 500.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver declared that Thursday morning on Twitter, clarifying comments he made Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “SiriusXM Speedway.”

Larson, who is competing in the 32nd annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said the Chili Bowl meant more to him than the Daytona 500.

“The Chili Bowl is, gosh, like I said it’s up there with the top races I want to win,” Larson said. “Everybody knows I love dirt track racing. For me, the Chili Bowl is bigger than the Daytona 500. I know some fans, that might bum them out or think I have some bad attitude when it comes to NASCAR racing, but I love it. There’s some special dirt races I want to win and Chili Bowl is one of them.”

Larson said this a day after winning the Chili Bowl’s A main on Tuesday night. He’ll race in the 55-lap main event Saturday. He is also fresh off winning three midget races during a tour of New Zealand to start the year.

On Thursday, Larson responded to a fan on Twitter to make sure everyone knows winning the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 would be a big deal for the fifth-year driver.

Larson took the white flag of the Daytona 500 while in the lead. He ran out of gas in Turn 2 and finished 12th.

Larson’s expression of love for a dirt racing event over the “Great American Race” comes after comments he made last month about what he considered his ultimate career goal. Appearing on the official World of Outlaws podcast, the 25-year-old driver said competing full-time in World of Outlaws is his aim.

“NASCAR is where I wanted to make it, but I would have been perfectly fine if I didn’t make it either,” Larson said. “I’d probably be on the Outlaw (sprint car) tour probably right now, racing and loving life … I would say racing on the World of Outlaws tour full-time is my main goal; NASCAR’s just the step to get there.”

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Several NASCAR drivers still hope to make Chili Bowl title race tonight, fans fight ice storm

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The final rounds of the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals takes place today and this evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The main event will be the A-Main, scheduled to take the green flag at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.

Of several NASCAR drivers who hope to still advance to the 24-driver main event, only one – Christopher Bell – is locked in.

Other NASCAR drivers still hoping to race their way into the A-Main via several other qualifying events are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., J.J. Yeley, Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson and K&N Pro Series driver Chase Briscoe.

Also, if he fails to transfer into the A-Main via qualifying races, two-time defending champion Rico Abreu may still have a chance to go for three Chili Bowl titles in a row if he is given a defending champion’s provisional.

Including Bell, 12 drivers are locked into the A-Main. Justin Grant, who won Friday’s main round, will sit on the pole. Others also qualified for the big race are Tyler Courtney, Jake Swanson, Larry Wight, Ronnie Gardner, Zach Daum, Tanner Berryhill, Danny Stratton, Daryn Pittman, C.J. Leary and Colby Copeland.

The other 12 spots in the championship race will be determined through the finishes of the other undercard qualifying races Saturday.

Although the race is held indoors in the Tulsa Expo Raceway, spectators could have a difficult time getting there due to an Ice Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service across northeast Oklahoma, which remains in effect until Sunday morning.

 

 

 

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