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01/13 2016

Alex Bright narrowly wins Chili Bowl’s Tuesday night A-Main, other results By Daniel McFadin

Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pennsylvania claimed the win in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main Tuesday night in a narrow finish over Joey Saldana in the 25-lap race.

Bright, who started eighth, automatically locked himself into Saturday’s A-Feature with the win in the event held in the River Spirit Expo Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square.

Bright, Saldana and Zach Daum, who finished third, all advance to Saturday’s main event. Bright had finished second in both his qualifying race and heat race.

Unofficial results of Tuesday night A-Main

1. 77B-Alex Bright

2. 17-Joey Saldana

3. 5D-Zach Daum

4. 8J-Jonathan Beason

5. 51J-R.J. Johnson

6. 57B-Chad Boespflug

7. 35M-Matt Sherrell

8. 11A-Andrew Felker

9. 71K-Kyle Larson

10. 99P-Dillon Welch

11. 14W-Matt Westfall

12. 18-Tony Bruce Jr

13. 17J-Chase Johnson

14. 39S-Kevin Thomas Jr

15. 39B-Spencer Bayston

16. 78-Nick Wean

17. 0S-Dylan Westbrook

18. 55-Nick Knepper

19. 0T-Tyler Brehm

20. 1PW-Paul White

21. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr

22. (DNF) 7H-Darren Hagen

23. (DNF) 22E-Cameron Hagin

24. (DNF) 44X-Wesley Smith

Full results from night’s other races

NASCAR Ties: Kyle Larson won his qualifying race, the third of the night and started on the pole for the A-Main, couldn’t avoid a slower car that spun on Lap 11 while leading and had to restart at the back of the field. Larson finished ninth. Larson also finished second in the eighth Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions (VIROC VIII) … Alex Bowman won the night’s fourth heat race after starting fourth. He then finished seventh in B Feature 1 …Christopher Bell finished fifth in the VIROC VIII.

Notable: The eighth Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions, a race made up of past Chili Bowl and VIROC champions, was won by Tanner Thorson.

Next: Wednesday’s qualifying races start at 7 ET and include NASCAR driver J.J. Yeleyand 2015 Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu.