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Over 300 Entries Readying For 2019 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals

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Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (December 20, 2018)  – Exceeding 300 entries for the fifth consecutive event, a melting pot of talent is set to converge on Tulsa, Okla. with tens of thousands of fans from all walks of life set to file into the River Spirit Expo Center from nearly every corner of the globe for the 33rd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, happening January 14-19, 2019.

"When the Chili Bowl started, we had just a few over 50 cars that showed up and maybe a couple thousand people that came out to watch. I think back to those days and look at what it has become, and I'm amazed," stated Chili Bowl co-founder, Emmett Hahn.

33rd Chili Bowl Nationals LogoOn the mix of drivers, Emmett explained that the early days it was all Sprint Car and Midget racers. The talent of NASCAR, Indy, and beyond hadn't found the Chili Bowl yet.

"It was a deal where the Sprint Car guys were coming in and challenging the Midget drivers and you could go through that entry list and pick them out. Of course, Sammy Swindell he was an Outlaw guy and guys like Kevin Doty, they were the Midget guys. Then we had the non-wing racers in there like Jimmy Sills, and eventually, this kid named Tony Stewart started coming around. Now, I look at the list of drivers and it's everything from the Street Stock guy to NHRA, NASCAR, Indy, Outlaws, Late Models, Modifieds, and even Off-Road Trucks drivers, and it isn't any dog and pony show. Every one of them is serious about trying to win the Chili Bowl."

Currently north of 320 entries, the mix of talent is dawn from over 30 states and five countries. Among those entered is the reigning back-to-back Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Champion, Christopher Bell. Wheeling the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian No. 71w, the car will be the same one that Christopher drove to victory in the 2018 event.

While Bell goes for the hat-trick, he is not the only past champion in the field, or for that matter, on the same team.

Rico Abreu, who topped the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in 2015 and 2016, will seek his third title in the KKM/Curb-Agajanian No. 97. While both will be trying to earn that third Golden Driller for their Trophy Case, a win by any of the 11 entries under the KKM banner, which includes Kyle Larson, Logan Seavey, Holley Hollan, Jesse Colwell, Tanner Carrick, Sam Johnson, Spencer Bayston, and another to be announced soon, would bring Keith Kunz his eighth victory as a car owner.

Also, among the list of Chili Bowl Champions is Sammy Swindell. The man with the most wins as a driver, Sammy's five victories was nearly matched by his son, Kevin, who was the first to win back-to-back Chili Bowls before creating a dynasty of four running from 2010 to 2013 before an accident in a Sprint Car in 2015 took him out of competition. While no longer behind the seat, Kevin will field his No. 39 machine with California's Ryan Bernal behind the wheel.

In all, seven drivers entered have held the Golden Driller. Damion Gardner will look to regain the glory he had in 2008 as he again takes the wheel for Klatt Motorsports. Moving into a Jim Neuman baked machine for the 2019 event, 2018 World 100 Champion, Tim McCreadie, will bring a throwback design dedicated to his father. Joining with Wilke-Pac Motorsports, Tracy Hines will look to claim a second Golden Driller for the team he parked in Victory Lane in 2005. Winning in 1990, John Heydenreich will also be in the field.

Entries are continuing to come in with teams able to enter during the event all the way up Friday, January 18, 2019, at Noon. Entry is $200 and the form can be downloaded at https://www.chilibowl.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=72453 and returned via Fax to (918) 836-5517, called in to (918) 838-3777, or mailed to 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112.

Entry forms must include a current W9 form as well. Download the form at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

Just like the 2018 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire all cars must run a Muffler. Inserts will not be allowed. All car number and letter combination must be legible from the scorers stand. While the races are scored electronically, the races are also hand-scored.

The 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire takes place January 14-19, 2019 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. Monday and Tuesday tickets are on sale. Monday and Tuesday reserved seats are $54 each. The Pit Pass is sold at the event and includes a General Admission pass good for seating on the backstretch. Pit Passes are $45/weekday and $60 on Saturday.

For continued updates on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, fans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @CBNationals. All official press, updates, and results on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire can be found online at http://www.chilibowl.com.

Quick Notes:

What: 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
When: January 14-19, 2019
Where: River Spirit Expo Center - Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
Parking: January 12, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. (CT)

Entry Information:

Late Entry ($200): December 15, 2018 - January 18, 2019
Entry Blank: http://www.chilibowl.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=72453

Return Entries Via:

Phone: (918) 838-3777
Fax: (918) 836-5517
Mail: 1141 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112

Entries will not be accepted via Social Media.

Contact:

Phone: (918) 838-3777
Fax: (918) 836-5517
Mail: 1141 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112

Chili Bowl Online:

Website: http://www.chilibowl.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chilibowlnationals
Twitter: (@cbnationals)
Official Hashtag: #ChiliBowl2019
Instagram: cbnationals
Snap Chat: TheChiliBowl

Times:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Move-In................................................12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Move-In...................................................9:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Pit Pass Booth Opens........................ ...12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, January 14, 2018

Building/Pit Pass Booth Open................................8:00 am
Pit Pass Booth Opens............................................8:00 am
Practice............................................................ .....9:00 am
Building Secured....................................................1:00 pm
Draw For Lineups...................................................2:00 pm
Driver's Meeting.....................................................3:00 pm
Hot Laps.................................................................4:00 pm
Races............................................................... .....5:00 pm

Multi day Pit Pass $285.00 ~ Single Day $45

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Building/Pit Pass Booth Open................................9:00 am
Building Secured....................................................1:00 pm
Draw For Lineups...................................................2:00 pm
Driver's Meeting.....................................................3:00 pm
Hot Laps.................................................................4:00 pm
Races............................................................... ....5:00 pm

Multi day Pit Pass $240.00 ~ Single day $45.00

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Building/Pit Pass Booth Open................................9:00 am
Building Secured....................................................1:00 pm
Draw For Lineups...................................................2:00 pm
Driver's Meeting.....................................................3:00 pm
Hot Laps.................................................................4:00 pm
Races.................................................................... 5:00 pm

Multi day Pit Pass $195.00 ~ Single day $45.00

Thursday January 17, 2019

Building/Pit Pass Booth Open................................9:00 am
Building Secured....................................................1:00 pm
Draw For Lineups...................................................2:00 pm
Driver's Meeting......................................................3:00 pm
Hot Laps.................................................................4:00 pm
Races.................................................................... 5:00 pm

Multi day Pit Pass $150.00 ~ Single day $45.00

Friday January 18, 2019

Building Secured/Pit Pass Booth Open...................9:00 am
Charity Auction........................................................12:00 pm
Draw For Lineups....................................................2:00 pm
Driver's Meeting......................................................3:00 pm
Hot Laps.................................................................4:00 pm
Races............................................................... .....5:00 pm

Multi days Pit Pass $105.00 ~ Single day $45.00

Saturday January 19, 2019

Building Secured/Trade Show ................................. 8:00 am 
Pit Pass Booth/Pit Gate ....................................... ...8:00 am
Racer's For Christ Service (Turn 4 Grandstands).....8:00am 
Feature Races..........................................................10:00 am
Opening Ceremonies................................................6:00 pm

Single Day Pass - $60


Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Champions:

Year - Driver (Owner)

2018 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)
2017 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)
2016 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)
2015 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)
2014 - Bryan Clauson (Joe Dooling/Rusty Kunz/Curb Records)
2013 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)
2012 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)
2011 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)
2010 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)
2009 - Sammy Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)
2008 - Damion Gardner (Jason Leffler)
2007 - Tony Stewart (Tony Stewart Motorsports)
2006 - Tim McCreadie (Steve Smith)
2005 - Tracy Hines (Wilke - Pak)
2004 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio)
2003 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse)
2002 - Tony Stewart (Keith Kunz)
2001 - Jay Drake (Keith Kunz)
2000 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio)
1999 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse)
1998 - Sammy Swindell (Pete Willoughby)
1997 - Billy Boat (John Lawson)
1996 - Sammy Swindell (Rusty Kunz / Jay McKinnie)
1995 - Donnie Beechler (Zarounian Motorsports)
1994 - Andy Hillenburg (Keith Kunz / Rusty Kunz)
1993 - Dave Blaney (Ralph Potter)
1992 - Sammy Swindell (Dave Ellis)
1991 - Lealand McSpadden (Andy Bondio)
1990 - John Heydenreich (Tony Finley)
1989 - Sammy Swindell (Jack Runyon)
1988 - Scott Hatton (Jerry Hatton)
1987 - Rich Vogler (Bob Lowe)

VIROC Champions: Chad Boat (2018), Kyle Larson (2014 and 2017), Tanner Thorson (2016), Sammy Swindell (2015, 2012, 2011, 2009), Kevin Swindell (2013), Brad Loyet (2010)

Trade Show: A long-standing tradition at the Chili Bowl, the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Monday through Saturday), is free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel and more is available with well over 100 vendors. The Trade Show still has space available. Anyone looking to be a part of the Trade Show can contact the Chili Bowl office at 918-838-3777. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet.

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Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. More information about the products available from Lucas Oil can be found at http://www.lucasoil.com. General Tire is the presenting sponsor of the Chili Bowl. A complete inventory of tires offered by General Tire can be found at http://www.generaltire.com.

Vacuworx Global is the title sponsor of the VIROC which brings past Chili Bowl Champions as well as champions from around the world together for a single 20 lap race to see who is the best of the best. For more information about Vacuworx log onto www.vacuworx.com. For more information on past champions of the VIROC, log onto www.theviroc.com.