TULSA, Okla. (April 17, 2017) Winning a Golden Driller at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is one of the hardest prizes to earn in Motorsports. With a field exceeding 300, making the 24 car A-Feature is an accomplishment in and of itself.
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TULSA, Okla. (January 25, 2017) The 32nd running of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire may be just under a year away, but tickets for the biggest indoor Midget race in the world go on sale in just over two months’ time.
Starting Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the offices of the Chili Bowl Nationals will begin renewing tickets for the 2018 event, which is scheduled to take place January 9-13, 2018 inside the River Spirit Expo Center. As soon as tickets go up for renewal, the list for new ticket orders will also begin.
The deadline to renew is Friday, April 28, 2017. Tickets will be pulled by hand over the next month. As soon as all renewed tickets have been pulled, new ticket orders will be filled as long as tickets are available.
Reigning World of Outlaws Champion’s Charge to Saturday’s A-Main Comes Up One Spot Short
Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Event: 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Location: Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway
Winner: Christopher Bell of Keith Kunz Racing
Results: Donny Schatz – Started 15th, Finished 10th in B-Main/completed 20 of 20 laps
It’s been more than 20 years since eight-time World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz earned the Outlaws’ coveted Rookie of the Year honors. Last week, the Fargo, North Dakota racer was a rookie in the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire held at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway. Following his seventh-place finish aboard the No. 15 Arctic Cat-sponsored entry of Clauson-Marshall Racing (CMR) in Saturday night’s first B-Feature, Schatz was recognized as the event’s top rookie in the field of 365 entries.
“What an incredible opportunity,” Schatz said. “We came here with high expectations. We wanted to make the show first and foremost and, unfortunately, we came up one spot short. Racing in the Chili Bowl was something I wasn’t sure I’d ever do, but I’m thrilled I had the chance to do it. I’m very thankful to all of the people who made this possible – The Clauson Family, Richard and Jennifer Marshall, as well as, Arctic Cat. Being part of what Bryan had envisioned as his ‘Dream Team’ is an honor that I’ll always cherish. This CMR team is filled with incredible individuals. I’ve met some people I know I’ll call friends from now on. To fulfill a dream of Bryan’s and to hear how important having me part of his team from his parents was truly a blessing.”
TULSA, Okla. (January 14, 2017) In 1994, Andy Hillenburg became the first Oklahoman to win the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire. Twenty-two years later, the Golden Driller has made its way home as Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell made his mark in the history books as the champion of the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by
Earning the victory for Keith Kunz Motorsports, Bell’s win puts Keith with six overall Chili Bowl titles as a car owner since 1994 when Hillenburg wheeled the Keith and Rusty Kunz owned entry to Victory Lane.
“I’m speechless right now. I’ve been coming to this building for so long trying to win one of these things, and I thought I was really close to won at the Shootout a couple weeks ago, but we had a lot of bad luck but I’ll trade all that bad luck in for this Driller right here. This means the world to me,” commented a very emotional Christopher Bell in Victory Lane. “Most of my bad luck in this race has been self-inflicted. You know, I’ve been in this position before. I think this is the third time I’ve started on the front row and I would run into trouble because I was pushing too hard. Every time I’ve come here, it’s been attack, attach, attack and in this 55 lap race, you don’t need to do that so I just ran as hard as I needed too.”
TULSA, Okla. (January 13, 2017) The final day of qualifying for the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire was one filled with emotion as California’s Justin Grant found Victory Lane for the first time in Preliminary Night competition; and did it in a Clauson-Marshall mount one year after Bryan Clauson took his final checkered flag atop the clay of the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell dominated Thursday night at the Chili Bowl. (Serena Dalhamer Photo)
TULSA, Okla. (January 12, 2017) For the second year running, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell raced his DC Solar/Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 71W to Victory Lane in Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night at the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
A show of dominance by the native of Norman, Bell’s third Preliminary Night victory locks him into his fourth championship A-Feature in as many years.
TULSA, Okla. (January 11, 2017) Adding to the list of first-time winners at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, California’s Travis Berryhill solidified his spot in Saturday’s championship feature event with a win in Wednesday’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa Qualifying Night at the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
TULSA, Okla. (January 10, 2017) Indiana’s Tyler Courtney spent his morning unveiling the new #Driven2SaveLives program in honor of Bryan Clauson, and spent his evening driving like him as the pilot of the Clauson-Marshall Racing No. 7BC raced to his first preliminary A-Feature win in Chili Bowl competition, and in doing so, locks into his first Chili Bowl Championship feature event.
Tyler Courtney, crew, friends, and family stand in Victory Lane to open up the 2017 Chili Bowl. (Pat Grant Photo)
While the win was a very emotional one for the entire Clauson-Marshall racing team, Tyler explained the win simply when asked to put it into words, “Two words. Parked It.”
“Honestly, I think I’m still in shock. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet. This is really cool with a new team, on the so called dream team that Bryan wanted to put together,” said Courtney. “Bryan [Clauson] was the guy that gave me the opportunity seven years ago. He’s a big part of my career and plus, I got to win my first USAC National sprint Car race over him this summer during Sprint Week. That’s something that I’ll always have with me.”
Campaign to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation
TULSA, Okla. – Indiana Donor Network announced today it is teaming up with Clauson-Marshall Racing to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation through Driven2SaveLives®. The campaign, which launched in 2016 around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, is now expanding into dirt track racing with the hopes of registering fans to become donors in honor of the late Bryan Clauson.
The announcement came from the pits of Tulsa Expo Raceway, home to the sport’s biggest race of the year and Bryan’s favorite, the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Bryan was a versatile and beloved race car driver, best known for his talent and achievements in dirt track open-wheel racing. Bryan died in August 2016 following an accident in the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. As a registered donor, Bryan saved five lives as an organ donor and will enhance the lives of countless others as a tissue donor.
“While Bryan was known for his on-track persona, the decision he made to be an organ and tissue donor will forever be his legacy,” said Tim Clauson, Bryan’s father and co-owner of Clauson-Marshall Racing. “As a family, we are humbled to honor Bryan and his donation decision through Driven2SaveLives and the racing community we love. What donation did for our family – the light it provided us in our darkest hours – will stay with me for a lifetime. I will be forever grateful.”
TULSA, Okla. (January 7, 2017) The Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions goes into its ninth year with a field of 20 former VIROC winners, Owner Champion choices, and Chili Bowl Driver champions set for the 20 lap shootout.
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2017) – Arctic Cat, a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and side-by-sides, announced today a partnership with eight-time World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz for next week’s 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire being held at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The partnership aligns Arctic Cat, one of the most widely recognized and respected brands in the recreational vehicle industry, and the most decorated driver in short-track racing over the past decade in Schatz.
“This is a truly unique opportunity for Arctic Cat and our team is thrilled to be headed to Tulsa,” said Greg Williamson, chief marketing officer, Arctic Cat. “We’ve had tremendous results with our recent partnerships in grassroots ventures such as the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions and, when presented the chance to team with a caliber of driver like Donny Schatz in an event that rates as one of the top motorsports events each year, we knew this was a win-win situation. The people who live and breathe this sport are a great fit for our brand and this event is an ideal atmosphere to showcase the Arctic Cat line of products.”
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (January 3, 2017) – The Clauson-Marshall Racing stable for next week’s Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, OK, is complete with the addition of Shane Golobic to the star-studded lineup.
Golobic joins in on the team that includes World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson and recent Junior Knepper 55 winner Tyler Courtney.
“We have assembled one heck of a team, and I’m sure Bryan is looking down with a smile on his face knowing that we are all doing this with him in our hearts,” Golobic comments. “There is no doubt this year’s Chili Bowl will be an emotional one, but I think we are all more driven than ever to ‘Park It’ for BC.”
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (December 28, 2016) – The next phase of the Clauson-Marshall Development program gets going in a big way with Zeb Wise competing for the team in this week’s 32nd Annual Tulsa Shootout at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
Wise will race under the Clauson-Marshall banner in both the Winged Outlaw and Non-Wing Outlaw divisions atop the 1/5-mile indoor clay oval. He will take on nearly 170 rivals in the Winged Outlaw ranks and more than 230 competitors in the Non-Wing Outlaw division.
The next stage of the Clauson-Marshall Development program was inevitable.
TULSA, Okla. (December 27, 2016) The first round of Qualifying Nights for the 2017 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire have been released.
An event where there is no such thing as an easy night, the list of entries stands at 358 spread across four nights of qualifying from January 10-13 with only 24 A-Feature spots open for the January 14 finale. Of the 358 entries, 19 still remain open with those spoken for bringing 70 Chili Bowl Rookies and 57 former A-Feature starters along with seven Chili Bowl Champions.
While the list of drivers will be updated several times before the drop of the first green flag, the updated nightly lists can be found at http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx
TULSA, Okla. (December 26, 2017) The 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire set the mark at 349 entries, but the 31st edition just smashed that record as 358 entries have been turned in for the annual “Mecca of Midgets”.
With the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire slated for January 10-14, 2017 inside the River Spirit Expo Center, there is still time to further that record as entries can be accepted all the way up until the final preliminary night on January 13.
The question now, is can the attendance record of 335 be broken? The mark was also set during the 30th annual event.
Continue reading ‘2017 Chili Bowl Sets New Entry Record with More Expected’
TULSA, Okla. (November 17, 2016) – Quickly becoming a part of Chili Bowl Nationals week festivities is Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism event, and this January will be no exception.
The third edition of Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism hosted by Lauren Stewart takes place at the long-time Chili Bowl fan favorite Caravan located at 41st and Memorial (7901 E 41st St) in Tulsa, OK, just a few short minutes away from the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
The event brought to you by B&H Contractors and Dooling Machine is set for Mondaynight, January 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
TULSA, Okla. (February 26, 2016) While the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is over 300 days away, the work for the “Mecca of Midgets” is never ending. With fans and teams already planning their next trek to Tulsa, Okla. the dates for the 2017 edition been set.
Starting with Move In, teams will begin filling the River Spirit Expo Center on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Practice will get underway bright and early on Monday, January 9, 2017 with races stretching from Tuesday, January 10 to Saturday, January 14.
The reserved seat ticket renewal process for the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will begin Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Anyone who is not renewing tickets is encouraged to call as well in order to get their spot in line if tickets come available. Current ticket holders will also be receiving a renewal form in the mail but are still encouraged to call ahead of the form.
News and notes on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
TULSA, Okla. (January 16, 2016) For the second time in as many years, the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire was ruled over by California’s Rico Abreu, who wheeled the Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 97 to victory in the 30th edition of the Chili Bowl.
With a packed house of nearly 20,000 in attendance at the River Spirit Expo Center, the chant of “Rico, Rico” soon followed a series of wicked celebratory doughnuts.
Giving chase from the fourth starting spot, Abreu was among the first of the front runners to test the high groove on the freshly prepped Tulsa Expo Raceway as team mate, Christopher Bell, led the charge until contact with a slower car on Lap 9 sent the No. 71 spinning; sending Bell to the tail of the field.
News and notes on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
TULSA, Okla. (January 15, 2016) Picking up his fourth career preliminary night feature win, Bryan Clauson led non-stop in Friday’s Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night to set the stage for Saturday’s finale of the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
“My Golden Driller is lonely, I need to get him a friend,” commented Clauson in his postrace interview. “I certainly feel like we have a car capable of winning just watching the first few nights. I wasn’t quite as confident going into tonight. I felt like earlier in the week, we needed to get better. I told that to Rusty [Kunz]. We went 12th in the Race of Champions and that’s a pretty good gauge.”
Earning the pole for Friday’s A-Feature, Clauson led start-to-finish without challenge. Able to get within a few car lengths as the leaders hit traffic on Lap 20, it wasn’t enough to give Tim McCreadie a shot, as the Watertown, New York Late Model ace grabbed the runner-up spot.
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TULSA, Okla. (January 14, 2016) Let the victory bells toll, as Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell went uncontested for his second career preliminary night score; topping Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying night at the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
“If you give me one race a year, it’s this race. It’s something I want to win so badly and I promise, I want to win it more than anyone else in here,” commented Bell on his night. “I’m glad to be in this position and hopefully, can carry this momentum into Saturday.”
Earning the pole through Heat and Qualifier points, Bell made quick work of fellow front row starter, Sheldon Haudenschild, following two attempts at the start. Left to contend with Danny Stratton, the Bondio entry shot to the runner-up spot on the opening lap.
TULSA, Okla. (January 13, 2016) It was almost Déjà vu as Rico Abreu came up Aces in Wednesday’s River Spirit Qualifying Night, topping action for the second time in as many years in his quest for the Golden Driller in the 30th running of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
“I believe last year that’s kind of how it went too. Started on the front row of my Heat and my Qualifier and won those. Started sixth in the feature, started sixth this year, so kind of a good spot as long as you win them,” commented Rico. “I feel like you have to win every time you are on the track here and tonight went really smooth.” Asked about his confidence of another Driller, Rico replied, “Anytime you lock into the A-Main on Saturday, you’ve got a lot of confidence. It’s a long race for Midget racing, just because we are used to 25-30 lap races so you have to kind of pace yourself throughout that feature and just be there at the last 10 laps.”
Gridding the field sixth, the California native wasted little time working to the front of the racing order, advancing to the runner-up spot by the second lap. Chasing Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas, the pair began a game of Cat and Mouse for the top spot. Swapping lines at both ends of the Tulsa Expo Raceway several times, Thomas was successful at the block to hold Rico at bay as Thomas Meseraull trailed closely in third.
TULSA, Okla. (January 10, 2016) For the eighth year, the best of the best will square off in a 20 lap shootout as the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions is set to take place on Tuesday, January 12 during the Warren Cat Qualifying Night.
A collection of 19 drivers made the cut for this year’s VIROC. An elite field of talent, the standards of qualification are being a past driver champion, driving for a past owner champion, being a past VIROC winner, or being the reigning National Midget Driver of the Year.
Drivers who will chase the $2,500 winner’s purse include:
TULSA, Okla. (December 18, 2015) The talent keeps pouring in for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, happening January 12-16, 2016 at the River Spirit Expo Center, as the latest count puts the number of entries at 280 with confirmed drivers currently at 258. Compared to the entry list from nearly one year ago, press on December 20, 2014 showed 285 entries with 271 confirmed drivers, putting this year’s confirmed driver count slightly behind, but still on pace for another Chili Bowl with 300 plus competitors.
Among the latest entries is the defending Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Champion, Rico Abreu, who will look to back up is 2015 success aboard a Keith Kunz Motorsports / Curb Agajanian, Toyota powered Bullet. One of five in the Kunz camp for this coming Chili Bowl, Rico will be joined by fellow California native Kyle Larson as well as Nevada’s Tanner Thorson who was recently named the 2015 National Midget Driver of the Year.
Looking to match the success of Hillenburg and put an Oklahoma native back in Victory Lane on Saturday night, Norman’s Christopher Bell and Bixby’s Shane Stewart fill out the five car camp. Stewart’s ride is also due in part to Mike Larson. The last time Shane saw action on the quarter-mile Tulsa Expo Raceway was 2008.
TULSA, Okla. (December 4, 2015) As Andy Williams sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but let’s face it; we’re not talking about Christmas. Almost as anticipated as the first night of racing is the first glimpse at the roster of Golden Driller hopefuls.
Taking place January 12-16, 2016 inside the River Spirit Expo Center the list for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire unveils at 144 entries with a 10 still seeking a driver for hire.
Of the 132 confirmed drivers that make up the early list, 31 enter as Chili Bowl Rookies with another 13 drivers having made the cut on Saturday night.