Chili Bowl Favorites Make Big Opening Statements on Tuesday

Another Chili Bowl prelim has gone by for Kyle Larson, and once again he started off his week in Tulsa with a statement run. Despite starting pole in his heat, where passing points are premium, the California native made the best of things, eventually dominating the Tuesday A-Main at the 34th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.

 

While yellow flags plagued most of the 30-lap feature, it worked to the NASCAR Cup Series star’s advantage, keeping him away from lapped cars and keeping second place Jonathan Beason at bay.

 

“I was a little nervous after drawing such an early pill there and starting on the pole of a heat race. But, there we were able not to have too much passing in the qualifiers which helped me get on the front row. I got the jump from the start and I felt like I mostly made good decisions. I got really sloppy there on one restart, but for the most part the car was good, and we ran some fast laps,” Larson said on the Racin’ Boys broadcast.

 

Even on the one long run where he did catch the tail of the field, ‘Yung Money’ used a combination of patience and aggression to pick has way through quicker than Beason.

 

“It seemed to work out every time I caught traffic they’d have a yellow. One time I did have to get through traffic and got by a few cars, and really had to slow my pace up, so I knew Jonathan would be close to me. We were able to just catch some breaks with the cautions then regroup and run some consistent laps.”

 

Now, all that’s left is for Larson to make that final critical final step come Saturday, and finally claim his first Chili Bowl title, a task he came up one lap short of in 2019, when Christopher Bell got the best of him on the final lap.

 

“We’ve been able to do this now, they said, six times. I’ve won the prelim night a lot, just never gotten it done on Saturday. Just got to try and be one lap better than I was last year, and see if I can get it done.”

 

In the runner-up spot, home-state man Beason was more than happy to end the evening with a ticket in Saturday’s A-Main after some late-race issues.

 

“About the last five laps it started dying, so that’s kind of why I got in trouble, and I had to keep the wheels spinning to keep it from dying, that’s why I was all over the place. It feels good to lock it in, that’s the first time in six years, or eight, I don’t know, since I locked in,” said a relieved Beason.

 

Earlier in the evening, Beason’s fellow Oklahoma statesman, the aforementioned Christopher Bell claimed a prize he had yet to add to his collection. The winner of the last three Chili Bowl’s had claimed his first win in the 20-lap Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions, a shootout featuring winners and champions from the past year of motorsports who were entered in the Chili Bowl field.

 

After battling Kyle Larson early and taking advantage of attrition, Bell dove past Sam Hafertepe Jr. on Lap 12, and drove away with the win.

 

“This one is pretty sweet, this Race of Champions has eluded me for a long time, and I just have great racecars to drive. It just took a little bit to get single-filed out there, when we started the track was really equal bottom to top. Obviously, we’re not racing any slouches out there, and nobody was really missing their marks. I knew I was pretty good, as soon as I had a good restart where a couple of guys got bottled up, and I could squeak by,” Said Bell.

 

It’s a promising start to ‘C-Bell’s’ first Chili Bowl running for Tucker-Boat Motorsports, despite raising the heart rates of his team even before their prelim night coming up Thursday.

 

“Thankfully we race on Thursday, so I just threw caution to the wind, and I knew if we crashed that we could fix it by Thursday. I wasn’t holding anything back right there, finally got it.”

 

Results:

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Tulsa Expo Raceway - Tulsa, Okla.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Warren CAT Qualifying Night

Car Count: 77
Event Count: 134

OERB Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 08-Michael Faccinto[1]; 2. 5R-Roger Crockett[6]; 3. 07W-Mitchel Moles[2]; 4. 45H-Anthony Pope[4]; 5. 2B-Tyler Hewitt[3]; 6. 51-Curtis Jones[9]; 7. 0G-Gunner Ramey[7]; 8. 5B-Bobby Brewer[5]; 9. 11T-Larry Petersen[8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson[1]; 2. Q32-Peter Paulson[2]; 3. 84M-Alex DeCamp[8]; 4. 21M-Michelle Parson[7]; 5. 11C-Michael Woodruf[3]; 6. 71X-Presley Truedson[9]; 7. 2A-Matt Linder[5]; 8. 8X-Austin Shores[6]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason[3]; 2. 15W-Jeff Wimmenauer[2]; 3. 55D-Nick Drake[9]; 4. 14F-Cameron Hagin[7]; 5. 31K-Kyle Beilman[6]; 6. 74M-Adam Pierson[8]; 7. 28Q-Sean Quinn[1]; 8. 46-Kenney Johnson[5]; 9. 22L-Lucas Scherb[4]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 42-Hank Davis[4]; 2. 71-Zeb Wise[6]; 3. 99P-Brandon Long[2]; 4. 91A-Chris Andrews[5]; 5. 87X-Nick O'Dell[3]; 6. 118-Scott Evans[7]; 7. 21H-Ty Hulsey[8]; 8. 20H-Noah Harris[9]; 9. 23P-Brad Wyatt[1]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 19A-Hunter Schuerenberg[3]; 2. 71G-Damion Gardner[5]; 3. 55X-Alex Bowman[4]; 4. 71T-Zac Taylor[2]; 5. 9U-Doug McCune[7]; 6. 7W-Brendon Wiseley[8]; 7. 17L-Rocky Silva[1]; 8. 23X-Travis Scott[6]; 9. (DNS) 98-Ryan Padgett

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Larry Wight[1]; 2. 47-Alex Bright[2]; 3. 27B-Jake Bubak[8]; 4. 21F-Austin Langenstein[6]; 5. 5J-Jeff Crook[3]; 6. 45K-Kyle Hammer[5]; 7. 7K-Kaylee Bryson[4]; 8. 1J-James Reed[7]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 51H-Mike Hess[1]; 2. 35C-Tanner Carrick[3]; 3. 17C-Jeremy Webb[8]; 4. 47M-Frankie Guerrini[7]; 5. 2BX-Brett Becker[5]; 6. 26-George Willard Jr[2]; 7. 00-Rob Yetman[4]; 8. 17A-Austin Brown[6]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 29-Tyler Thompson[6]; 2. 73B-Tyler Edwards[8]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar[5]; 4. 1K-Brayton Lynch[1]; 5. 2W-Wyatt Burks[3]; 6. 14R-Jake Nail[4]; 7. 73G-Avery Goodman[2]; 8. 75-Bryan Stanfill[7]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 11S-TJ Smith[1]; 2. 11K-Gage Rucker[3]; 3. 97W-Kaidon Brown[2]; 4. 81X-Dillon Welch[7]; 5. 7U-Kyle Jones[5]; 6. F5-Ray Allen Kulhanek[8]; 7. 17F-Devin Camfield[6]; 8. 44S-Brandon Akau[4]

D-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding C-Feature.

D-Main 1 (10 Laps): 1. 46-Kenney Johnson[6]; 2. 23X-Travis Scott[4]; 3. 00-Rob Yetman[1]; 4. 22L-Lucas Scherb[8]; 5. 11T-Larry Petersen[7]; 6. 1J-James Reed[2]; 7. 28Q-Sean Quinn[3]; 8. 5B-Bobby Brewer[5]; 9. (DNS) 98-Ryan Padgett

D-Main 2 (10 Laps): 1. 17A-Austin Brown[2]; 2. 8X-Austin Shores[6]; 3. 17L-Rocky Silva[3]; 4. 2A-Matt Linder[5]; 5. 44S-Brandon Akau[4]; 6. 73G-Avery Goodman[1]; 7. (DNS) 75-Bryan Stanfill; 8. (DNS) 23P-Brad Wyatt

C-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding B-Feature.

C-Main 1 (12 Laps): 1. 45K-Kyle Hammer[6]; 2. 118-Scott Evans[1]; 3. 2BX-Brett Becker[2]; 4. 11C-Michael Woodruf[4]; 5. 22L-Lucas Scherb[13]; 6. 23X-Travis Scott[12]; 7. 26-George Willard Jr[8]; 8. 17J-Jeremy Dockery[10]; 9. 17F-Devin Camfield[7]; 10. 46-Kenney Johnson[9]; 11. 5J-Jeff Crook[3]; 12. 00-Rob Yetman[11]; 13. 14R-Jake Nail[5]; 14. (DNS) 1K-Brayton Lynch

C-Main 2 (12 Laps): 1. 2W-Wyatt Burks[5]; 2. 7U-Kyle Jones[2]; 3. 2B-Tyler Hewitt[3]; 4. 51-Curtis Jones[7]; 5. 20H-Noah Harris[9]; 6. 7K-Kaylee Bryson[10]; 7. 17A-Austin Brown[11]; 8. 0G-Gunner Ramey[8]; 9. 21H-Ty Hulsey[6]; 10. 17L-Rocky Silva[13]; 11. 87X-Nick O'Dell[4]; 12. 9U-Doug McCune[1]; 13. 8X-Austin Shores[12]; 14. 2A-Matt Linder[14]

Team Toyota Qualifiers: Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature.

Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 11S-TJ Smith[2]; 2. 08-Michael Faccinto[3]; 3. 17C-Jeremy Webb[4]; 4. 5R-Roger Crockett[5]; 5. 21M-Michelle Parson[1]; 6. 29-Tyler Thompson[6]; 7. 71T-Zac Taylor[10]; 8. 21F-Austin Langenstein[8]; 9. 91A-Chris Andrews[9]; 10. Q32-Peter Paulson[7]

Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson[3]; 2. 8J-Jonathan Beason[4]; 3. 35C-Tanner Carrick[2]; 4. 71-Zeb Wise[5]; 5. 07W-Mitchel Moles[8]; 6. 73B-Tyler Edwards[6]; 7. 14F-Cameron Hagin[1]; 8. 71X-Presley Truedson[9]; 9. 15W-Jeff Wimmenauer[7]; 10. 74M-Adam Pierson[10]

Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 99-Larry Wight[3]; 2. 47M-Frankie Guerrini[1]; 3. 19A-Hunter Schuerenberg[4]; 4. 47-Alex Bright[7]; 5. 55D-Nick Drake[6]; 6. 84M-Alex DeCamp[5]; 7. 99P-Brandon Long[8]; 8. 7W-Brendon Wiseley[10]; 9. 11K-Gage Rucker[2]; 10. 45H-Anthony Pope[9]

Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 51H-Mike Hess[3]; 2. 81X-Dillon Welch[1]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar[2]; 4. 97W-Kaidon Brown[8]; 5. 27B-Jake Bubak[5]; 6. 71G-Damion Gardner[4]; 7. 42-Hank Davis[6]; 8. 55X-Alex Bowman[7]; 9. 31K-Kyle Beilman[9]; 10. F5-Ray Allen Kulhanek[10]

Dave.com B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature.

B-Main 1 (15 Laps): 1. 27B-Jake Bubak[1]; 2. 55X-Alex Bowman[7]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar[2]; 4. 97W-Kaidon Brown[3]; 5. 74M-Adam Pierson[10]; 6. 91A-Chris Andrews[8]; 7. 21M-Michelle Parson[5]; 8. 45K-Kyle Hammer[13]; 9. 15W-Jeff Wimmenauer[9]; 10. 2BX-Brett Becker[15]; 11. 99P-Brandon Long[4]; 12. 118-Scott Evans[12]; 13. 31K-Kyle Beilman[11]; 14. 71X-Presley Truedson[6]; 15. 11C-Michael Woodruf[14]; 16. (DNS) 42-Hank Davis

B-Main 2 (15 Laps): 1. 07W-Mitchel Moles[3]; 2. 71G-Damion Gardner[4]; 3. 2W-Wyatt Burks[13]; 4. 84M-Alex DeCamp[2]; 5. 14F-Cameron Hagin[6]; 6. 7U-Kyle Jones[12]; 7. 2B-Tyler Hewitt[15]; 8. Q32-Peter Paulson[10]; 9. 51-Curtis Jones[14]; 10. 45H-Anthony Pope[11]; 11. 71T-Zac Taylor[5]; 12. 21F-Austin Langenstein[7]; 13. 7W-Brendon Wiseley[8]; 14. 11K-Gage Rucker[9]; 15. 35C-Tanner Carrick[1]; 16. (DNS) F5-Ray Allen Kulhanek
VIROC

VIROC (20 Laps): 1. 84X-Christopher Bell[7]; 2. 97-Rico Abreu[14]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[1]; 4. 01-Kyle Larson[8]; 5. 55V-CJ Leary[3]; 6. 7C-Tyler Courtney[5]; 7. 4A-Justin Grant[2]; 8. 19-Tanner Thorson[9]; 9. 21-Daryn Pittman[10]; 10. 5D-Zach Daum[11]; 11. 19B-Spencer Bayston[16]; 12. 39-Logan Seavey[12]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel[13]; 14. 1R-Brad Sweet[6]; 15. 1-Sammy Swindell[15]; 16. 14-Jesse Colwell[17]; 17. 71G-Damion Gardner[4]

A-Feature: Top 2 advance to Saturday's A-Feature.

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson[2]; 2. 8J-Jonathan Beason[1]; 3. 08-Michael Faccinto[8]; 4. 81X-Dillon Welch[16]; 5. 99-Larry Wight[3]; 6. 11S-TJ Smith[5]; 7. 07W-Mitchel Moles[18]; 8. 9JR-Derek Hagar[21]; 9. 97W-Kaidon Brown[23]; 10. 55X-Alex Bowman[19]; 11. 5R-Roger Crockett[9]; 12. 47M-Frankie Guerrini[15]; 13. 73B-Tyler Edwards[13]; 14. 47-Alex Bright[14]; 15. 17C-Jeremy Webb[6]; 16. 19A-Hunter Schuerenberg[7]; 17. 2W-Wyatt Burks[22]; 18. 84M-Alex DeCamp[24]; 19. 27B-Jake Bubak[17]; 20. 55D-Nick Drake[11]; 21. 51H-Mike Hess[4]; 22. 29-Tyler Thompson[12]; 23. 71-Zeb Wise[10]; 24. 71G-Damion Gardner[20]

Lap Leader(s): Kyle Larson 1-30
Hard Charger: Kaidon Brown +14

 

-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

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Chili Bowl Favorites Make Big Opening Statements on Tuesday