Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Chili Bowl 2009 – Tuesday Preview
Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (January 12, 2009) – Each January, the City of Tulsa comes to life like no other time of the year. Auto racing fans and competitors from throughout the nation swarm the northeastern Oklahoma town.
Motels are filling, restaurants are abuzz and certain nightspots flourish when each night's final checkered flag flies.
Event officials have somehow crammed a record 290-plus entries inside a QuikTrip Center that can only accommodate 179 trailers, a trick slicker than any mystical rabbits plucked from any ol' magician's hat.
And thousands upon thousands of methanol-starved fans are ready to call Tulsa, and the QuikTrip Center's Tulsa Expo Raceway in particular, home for the next few days.
It's time for the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire as nearly 300 drivers from 30 different states and Canada battle it out in pursuit of the coveted Golden Driller trophy.
After Monday's practice session, it's down to business with Tuesday's O'Reilly Qualifying Night, which will feature 70-plus competitors. And an added bonus is the Chili Bowl Race of Champions, a special 20-lapper featuring 14 top Chili Bowl competitors including eight past event winners.

BIG NAMES IN TUESDAY QUALIFIERS:Bobby East-Danny Lasoski-Paul McMahan-Chad Kemenah-Terry McCarl-Brad Kuhn-Josh Richards-JESSICA ZEMKEN-Steve Buckwalter-Drew Hiestand-Casey Schuman-Kevin Swindell-PJ Gargiulo-Brady Short-Cody Darrah-Ricky Stenhouse

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