The first asphalt Super Late Model confrontation of the year on the west coast is fast approaching, with the 6th Annual Chilly Willy 150 scheduled for January 24-26 at Tucson Speedway (AZ). Already the entries are beginning to make their way to track officials as they prepare for the $10,000-to-win showdown in the desert.
So far, the field stands at 28 with a little more than two weeks until the green flag flies. Tucson’s home guard is ready to present a steady defense, but drivers representing most of the western U.S and Canada are ready to throw their names into the fray, with some even coming from the east as well.
Among the official entries, defending Tucson Super Late Model champion Brandon Farrington is looking to add the Chilly Willy trophy to his collection. Brandon Schilling, Paul Banghart, Sean Brey, and Tucson promoter John Lashley are all included in the first round of entries.
The state of Colorado is gaining a big road trip crew, with a pair of teams brining two generations of driving talent south to the Arizona desert. Brett and Bruce Yakey as well as Kody and Rudy Vanderwal will be making it a full family affair over the last weekend of January. Jace Hansen and Mark Neff will also make their way down from the Rockies.
The Northwest U.S. will see the likes of brothers Gracin Raz and Kole Raz coming down from Oregon, while veteran John Newhouse plans to make the haul from Idaho.
Further south, Luke Hall, Dane Nissen, and Kyle Neveau will head east from California.
The Maple Leaf will be flying in the pits for a number of teams making their way down from Canada with British Columbia drivers Tyler Baker, Brandon Carlson, Darrell Midgley, and Logan Jewell making the long drive south.
There will also be some long haulers from the east side of the continental divide with Trent Phillips trucking from Nebraska, Brad Kossow escaping the icy grip of Wisconsin, and the early long-haul drive going to Alex Malycke who will journey all the way from Virginia.
NASCAR Xfinity Series racer Noah Gragson, who was previously scheduled to compete in the race, will no longer be able to attend due to a scheduling conflict.
Speed51.com will have more on the Chilly Willy 150 over the next two weeks. Be sure to also check in with Speed51 for coverage on all three nights of the Chilly Willy 150 at Tucson Speedway.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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