12/15 2015

Chili Bowl Entries Push Past 200…”Including a Fourple of Zonies (Casey Shuman, R.J. Johnson, Matt Rossi, and Larry Wright)” by NSSN Staff

Bryan Clauson (63) is among the latest entries for the 2016 Chili Bowl. (Ken Simon Photo)

TULSA, Okla. – The number of entries for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues to grow as the 200 mark has officially been eclipsed with the deadline for discounted entry only days away.

Among the latest round of drivers to enter the indoor Midget racing spectacular is 2014 champion, Bryan Clauson, who will again be piloting the Dooling Machine/Rusty Kunz owned No. 63. First appearing at the Chili Bowl in 2002, Clauson has garnered six A-Feature starts with four top-five runs and a top-ten in all six Saturday finale’ appearances.

With Bryan’s name now added to the list, the number of feature starters entered stands at 20 with nearly double that looking to make their first Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals appearance in 2016. Moving the country count to four, Australia’s Mitch Gladman will make his first trip across the pond to compete in the Chili Bowl in a Zero Motorsports entry. The United States, Canada, and United Kingdom are the other three countries currently scheduled to be represented.

Announced during the 2015 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis this past weekend, Indiana’s Chase Stockon was the recipient of the inaugural Tony Elliot Memorial Foundation sponsorship. Spearheaded by Tracy Hines, Stockon will pilot a car for Zach Daum Motorsports and is one of four cars scheduled to be in the Daum pit area.

With several teams continuing to finalize their rosters, the entry list for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is currently on pace with 2015 which had 206 entries received as of December 15, 2014; giving serious reality to another 300 plus Chili Bowl car count. The record set at the 2015 edition is 326.

The current number of entries is 204 with 189 confirmed drivers. Chili Bowl qualifying nights are in the works and will be released at the end of December just prior to the 31st annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout which kicks off on December 30, 2015.