It took Kyle Larson 13 years to win the Nationals Lucas Oil Chili Bowl presented by General Tire, but it only took one to add a second Golden Driller to his trophy box when the California shoe led the debut. at the end of Jan. 16, 55 – Round Championship event held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Not without challenges, Larson had to fend off the charge from Justin Grant several times and Christopher Bell in the final laps.
“To get two is awesome,” Larson said as his son Owen hand-delivered the Golden Driller. “It was a different race from last year, but just grateful for the chance to come and race here. I think a lot of us were thinking that maybe we couldn’t come and run the Chili Bowl with the pandemic, so hats off to Emmett Hahn and everyone else with this event. It’s the biggest event in the world and I’m very lucky to be a part of it.
Tracked down by Grant in the early rounds, the NOS Energy Drink # 2j took a peek a few times. Diamond of the fourth turn of the 15th lap with a run, warning lights greeted the pitch as Kyle Cummins slowed down with a flat tire. Pulling away from Grant on restart, MAVTV # 01 found traffic on lap 26. Putting a trio of slower cars between him and Grant, No.2j was about to have his hands full when Christopher Bell rolled around just as the warning waved again.
Returning to the green with 37 laps to go, Larson took some time on the pitch. Taking second place from Justin on lap 46, Christopher Bell closed quickly. On Larson’s rear bumper with five laps to go, Bell spun under Larson at the fourth turn after Kyle cycled on the pad. Keeping iRacing # 84x in the back, the peloton came back in single file when Blake Hahn turned on lap 51. Full assault on Larson on restart, Bell started looking for a hole, but it wasn’t to be like the cushion. on turn 3 and sent Bell spinning violently into the fence. Bell was not injured.
Advancing Grant in second, he shot Larson on the restart but couldn’t clear and instead slammed the cushion. Forcing the ground to brake, Tyler Courtney ended up being crossed and passed. Green, white, checkered for the Golden Driller, Larson set sail by 1.246 seconds.
Grant moved up to second, Tanner Thorson climbing eight places to third. Cannon McIntosh was fourth, with Owasso’s Daryn Pittman as the night’s Hard Charger with a run from 20th to fifth.
Chris Windom moved up from 14th to sixth, with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. seventh. Up 11 places, Brad Sweet reached eighth place. Spencer Bayston took six positions to place ninth, with Logan Seavey 17th to 10th.
A total of 309 drivers attended the 35th edition of the Nationals Lucas Oil Chili Bowl presented by General Tire. Today’s event series included 25 feature events, starting with the double M-Features.
Pole Dash added four rounds to the total number of events for the day. The overall Hard Charger for the evening was Jason McDougal, who progressed 54 times in six laps (I-Feature to D-Feature) from alphabet soup.
The 2021 Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year was Daison Pursley of Oklahoma with a 10th place finish in Dave.com’s first B-Feature. Worldwide Technology Raceway’s Flip Count number reached 69. All riders were OK.
The 36th Annual Nationals Lucas Oil Chili Bowl presented by General Tire will take place January 10-15, 2022, at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa. Tickets are renewed and new orders begin March 3. More pricing information will be released soon.
35th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl (55 rounds): 1. Kyle Larson; 2. Justin Grant; 3. Tanner Thorson; 4. Cannon McIntosh; 5. Daryn Pittman; 6. Chris Windom; 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr .; 8. Brad Sweet; 9. Spencer Bayston; 10. Logan Seavey; 11. Cole Bodine; 12. Alex Bright; 13. Colby Copeland; 14. Christopher Bell; 15. Tyler Courtney; 16. Rico Abreu; 17. Blake Hahn; 18. Kyle Cummins; 19. Buddy Kofoid; 20. Chase Johnson; 21. Thomas Meseraul; 22. Brady Bacon; 23. Jake Neuman; 24. Joe B Miller.
Bloomington releases 2021 race schedule
Bloomington Speedway has announced its 2021 race schedule:
April 9: Season opening – Sprints, modifications and 305 winged sprints
April 16: USAC sprints and 305 winged sprints
April 23: Sprints, late model series from Indiana and modifications
April 30: Sprints, modifications, super actions and bombers
May 14: Harris Memorial (rain date is July 16) – Sprints, Modified, Super Stocks and 305 Winged Sprints
May 28: Josh Burton Memorial (Rain Date Sep 3) – MSCS Sprints, Mods, Super Stocks and MMSA
June 4: USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK – USAC Midgets and Sprints
June 25: Celebrate America Fireworks – Sprints, Mods, Super Stocks and Midget Cup
July 16: Sprints, Modified, Super Stocks 305 winged sprints
July 30: INDIANA SPRINT WEEK – Sprints and modifications
August 6: Bob Kinser Memorial – Sprints, Mods and Super Stocks
August 20: Bloomington Fan Appreciation – Sprints, Mods, Super Actions and Bombers
September 3: MSCS Sprints, Changes, Super Stocks and MMSA
September 10: Sprints, 305 winged sprints and Bombers
September 17: Sprints, Modified, Super Stocks, MMSA and Midget Cup
Late Models kicks off the season this weekend
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series kicks off its 2021 racing season this weekend at All-Tech Speedway in Lake City, Fla. Among the expected contenders is last weekend’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl winner Kyle Larson, who led the nation in feature film wins a year ago.
Tonight’s event will be broadcast live on MAVTV, LucasOilRacing.TV and on the MAVTV Facebook page.
James Essex writes a motorsport notebook for The Republic. Send your comments to [email protected]