Logan Seavey dominated the opening night of the 33rd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, sweeping his heat race, qualifier, and the A Feature on Cummins Qualifying Night at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

The Sutter, California driver was all smiles in victory lane after piloting his No. 67 Keith Kunz Motorsports entry to a convincing win in the 25-lap A Feature, locking in to his second consecutive appearance in Saturday’s main event.

 

“It’s pretty awesome.  Just to be able to race this race is a huge honor for me,” Seavey said on the RacinBoys.com live stream in victory lane.  “To be able to be in cars like this, with Keith and Pete, everybody that works on these things in the shop.  It’s just incredible for me to be here.  It’s truly a dream come true.  I know a lot of people say that, but it’s real for me.

 

“To be able to drive midgets for a living and be here at the Chili Bowl and lock it in and win a Prelim Night is pretty special,” Seavey continued.  “It’s something I’ll never forget, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do on Saturday to beat my teammates and a couple of the other good guys that will be running.”

 

While it was smooth sailing for most of the night, Seavey’s evening nearly unraveled as he encountered lapped traffic in the closing laps of the A Feature.

 

“At the end, we caught [lapped traffic] with two to go and it made me a little bit nervous,” said Seavey.  “One guy broke, one guy misjudged.  Just as I dove to the bottom to avoid any incidents, I about drove right into the back of one.  You never know what’s going to happen here with the lapped traffic.”

 

Now, Seavey can relax and keep a close eye on track conditions until the 55-lap A Feature on Lucas Oil Championship Night, knowing he will have a starting spot near the front of the field for that race.

 

“It’s great to be able to sit here and watch and know we’ll be in the first couple of rows of the feature,” Seavey said.  “Just be able to relax and watch the racing and not worry about much.  Just keep an eye on the racetrack and see what characteristics it is holding up to.  I couldn’t be happier about the race track tonight.  You can’t complain when you have two grooves to race on.  A little cushion up top and a nice little bottom to hit.”

 

This marks the first year of the Chili Bowl with five qualifying nights, with racing starting on Monday night rather than Tuesday.  As a result, only the top two finishers from Monday’s A Feature locked into the Saturday main event, a departure from the previous standard of three transfer spots.

 

That proved vital on Monday, as Brady Bacon completed a late-race pass on Brad Sweet to take the second and final transfer spot.

 

Sweet rode the cushion over the closing laps of the race, while Bacon took to the berm along the inside of the circuit.  With three laps to go, Sweet bobbled slightly on the high line, giving “The Macho Man” the opportunity to move into second and shut the door.

 

“[Sweet] kind of took our line away there, and it was going to be hard to pass,” Bacon said.  “He must have slipped up just enough and we had a good enough car to run the bottom at the end of the race.  We were able to sneak in front of him there.

 

“It’s really hard to lock in when they only take two, but we worked on our car all night to get it ready for the feature,” Bacon added.  “I wish we could have started a couple of spots higher, but we’ll take this over the luck we’ve had over the past ten years here.”

 

This will mark Bacon’s third appearance in the Chili Bowl Championship Night A Feature in 15 attempts.  In 2013, Bacon finished second to Kyle Larson on the opening night of the Chili Bowl but placed 22nd in the A Feature after failing to finish the race.  Bacon has not made it to the main event since.

 

“We’ve run second here on our qualifying night before and had some misfortune,” Bacon recalled.  “Hopefully we can avoid the misfortune this time and go for a Golden Driller.”

 

Sweet took the blame for falling to third in the closing laps, but felt he was still in a strong position going into Saturday’s B Feature with a chance to still make the Championship race.

 

“Probably driver as much as anything,” Sweet said about the late pass.  “Logan got to the top and was able to set a nice pace.  We were able to stay with him a little bit.  Brady was pressuring us the whole race.  I think he might have been just a little bit better than us.

 

“Third’s nothing to hang our heads on,” Sweet continued.  “With the extra day now, you need to be in the top two, so it’s tougher, but we’ll take it.  We’ll start towards the front of the B on Saturday and hopefully we can work our way forwards.”

 

Racing will resume Tuesday with Warren CAT Night, including the traditional Tuesday running of the Vacuworx Race of Champions.  Hot laps will begin at 4 p.m. Central time, with Heat races at 5 p.m.

 

-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo Credit: RacinBoys.com

 

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals

River Spirit Expo Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cummins Qualifying Night Results

 

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 67-Logan Seavey, [1]; 2. 76M-Brady Bacon, [5]; 3. 1R-Brad Sweet, [2]; 4. 3N-Jake Neuman, [4]; 5. 21B-Chase Briscoe, [3]; 6. 32T-Trey Marcham, [7]; 7. 1B-Travis Rilat, [9]; 8. 39B-Zeb Wise, [21]; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [13]; 10. 15S-Sean McClelland, [20]; 11. 55D-Nick Drake, [6]; 12. P1-Paul White, [16]; 13. 17W-Dustin Golobic, [8]; 14. 8-Alex Sewell, [11]; 15. 5X-Tyson Hall, [15]; 16. 81-Colten Cottle, [23]; 17. 2WG-Weston Gorham, [14]; 18. 20S-Shon Deskins, [24]; 19. 2-Ryan Hall, [22]; 20. (DNF) 71K-Tanner Carrick, [17]; 21. (DNF) 17Z-Zac Moody, [10]; 22. (DNF) 86C-David Camfield, [18]; 23. (DNF) 91W-Hayden Williams, [19]; 24. (DNF) 5P-Kyle Craker, [12]

 

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 71K-Tanner Carrick, [1]; 2. 91W-Hayden Williams, [7]; 3. 39B-Zeb Wise, [3]; 4. 81-Colten Cottle, [6]; 5. 8R-Anton Hernandez, [13]; 6. 77-Cameron Hagin, [4]; 7. 57A-Austin Schaeffer, [15]; 8. 4S-Tyler Seavey, [5]; 9. 74J-Bill Jackson, [10]; 10. 4W-Warren Johnson, [14]; 11. 8M-Kade Morton, [12]; 12. 02-Andy Gage, [11]; 13. (DNF) 74-Luke Hall, [9]; 14. (DNF) 3E-Blake Battles, [8]; 15. (DNF) 11K-Gage Rucker, [16]; 16. (DNF) 20D-Chris Dyson, [2]

 

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 86C-David Camfield, [3]; 2. 15S-Sean McClelland, [6]; 3. 2-Ryan Hall, [7]; 4. 20S-Shon Deskins, [1]; 5. 11J-Justin Melton, [9]; 6. 54-Ray Seach, [4]; 7. 29M-Joey Moughan, [2]; 8. 14X-Jody Rosenboom, [5]; 9. 4C-Riley Kreisel, [13]; 10. 5F-Danny Frye III, [16]; 11. 88V-Jace VanderWeerd, [14]; 12. 99R-Brad Bowden, [11]; 13. 1Z-Chris Roseland, [10]; 14. 19P-Brandon Long, [8]; 15. 09-Timmy Thrash, [15]; 16. 2BX-Brett Becker, [12]

 

C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 8R-Anton Hernandez, [1]; 2. 4W-Warren Johnson, [2]; 3. 57A-Austin Schaeffer, [4]; 4. 11K-Gage Rucker, [6]; 5. 74Z-Zach Merritt, [5]; 6. 88W-Dustin Weland, [3]; 7. 9C-Cale Cozad, [8]; 8. (DNF) 5V-Jesse Vermillion, [9]; 9. (DNF) 56A-Travis Young, [10]; 10. (DNF) 130-Larry Bratti, [7]; (DNS) 22-John Heydenreich, ; (DNS) 37X-Andrew Prather,

 

C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 4C-Riley Kreisel, [6]; 2. 88V-Jace VanderWeerd, [1]; 3. 09-Timmy Thrash, [3]; 4. 5F-Danny Frye III, [5]; 5. 7RS-Christopher Larson, [9]; 6. 7H-Roy Entze II, [8]; 7. 8B-Colin Deming, [7]; 8. 17J-Jeremy Dockery, [10]; 9. 19N-Nick O’Neal, [4]; 10. (DNF) 20C-Collin Rinehart, [2]; (DNS) 10T-Brandon Thomas,

 

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5X-Tyson Hall, [1]; 2. 3N-Jake Neuman, [3]; 3. 8M-Kade Morton, [2]; 4. 19P-Brandon Long, [5]; 5. 77-Cameron Hagin, [8]; 6. 2BX-Brett Becker, [7]; 7. 11K-Gage Rucker, [4]; 8. 17J-Jeremy Dockery, [6]

 

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21B-Chase Briscoe, [2]; 2. 76M-Brady Bacon, [3]; 3. 17W-Dustin Golobic, [4]; 4. 8-Alex Sewell, [5]; 5. 15S-Sean McClelland, [6]; 6. 11J-Justin Melton, [7]; 7. 5V-Jesse Vermillion, [1]; 8. 8B-Colin Deming, [8]

 

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1R-Brad Sweet, [4]; 2. 20D-Chris Dyson, [5]; 3. 74J-Bill Jackson, [1]; 4. 54-Ray Seach, [6]; 5. 02-Andy Gage, [8]; 6. 09-Timmy Thrash, [3]; 7. (DNF) 130-Larry Bratti, [2]; 8. (DNF) 9C-Cale Cozad, [7]

 

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 39B-Zeb Wise, [4]; 2. 74-Luke Hall, [3]; 3. 20S-Shon Deskins, [2]; 4. 14X-Jody Rosenboom, [6]; 5. 81-Colten Cottle, [8]; 6. 5F-Danny Frye III, [1]; 7. 4C-Riley Kreisel, [5]; 8. 7RS-Christopher Larson, [7]

 

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 71K-Tanner Carrick, [2]; 2. 32T-Trey Marcham, [3]; 3. 1B-Travis Rilat, [4]; 4. 29M-Joey Moughan, [5]; 5. 4W-Warren Johnson, [1]; 6. 8R-Anton Hernandez, [7]; 7. 22-John Heydenreich, [6]; (DNS) 10T-Brandon Thomas,

 

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 86C-David Camfield, [1]; 2. P1-Paul White, [2]; 3. 91W-Hayden Williams, [3]; 4. 2-Ryan Hall, [5]; 5. 4S-Tyler Seavey, [6]; 6. 88V-Jace VanderWeerd, [7]; 7. 88W-Dustin Weland, [8]; 8. (DNF) 56A-Travis Young, [4]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 67-Logan Seavey, [6]; 2. 55D-Nick Drake, [1]; 3. 5P-Kyle Craker, [4]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [7]; 5. 1Z-Chris Roseland, [5]; 6. 57A-Austin Schaeffer, [3]; 7. (DNF) 7H-Roy Entze II, [2]; (DNS) 37X-Andrew Prather,

 

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 2WG-Weston Gorham, [4]; 2. 17Z-Zac Moody, [3]; 3. 3E-Blake Battles, [6]; 4. 99R-Brad Bowden, [5]; 5. 20C-Collin Rinehart, [1]; 6. 19N-Nick O’Neal, [2]; 7. (DNF) 74Z-Zach Merritt, [7]

 

Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 67-Logan Seavey, [6]; 2. 5P-Kyle Craker, [1]; 3. P1-Paul White, [2]; 4. 5X-Tyson Hall, [4]; 5. 20S-Shon Deskins, [8]; 6. 20D-Chris Dyson, [5]; 7. 4S-Tyler Seavey, [10]; 8. 2-Ryan Hall, [9]; 9. 74-Luke Hall, [3]; 10. 02-Andy Gage, [7]

 

Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 55D-Nick Drake, [2]; 2. 32T-Trey Marcham, [3]; 3. 21B-Chase Briscoe, [5]; 4. 1R-Brad Sweet, [6]; 5. 54-Ray Seach, [1]; 6. 86C-David Camfield, [4]; 7. 81-Colten Cottle, [7]; 8. 19P-Brandon Long, [8]; 9. 1Z-Chris Roseland, [10]; 10. (DNF) 99R-Brad Bowden, [9]

 

Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 17W-Dustin Golobic, [2]; 2. 3N-Jake Neuman, [4]; 3. 17Z-Zac Moody, [3]; 4. 8-Alex Sewell, [8]; 5. 71K-Tanner Carrick, [5]; 6. 14X-Jody Rosenboom, [1]; 7. 91W-Hayden Williams, [7]; 8. 39B-Zeb Wise, [6]; 9. 74J-Bill Jackson, [9]; 10. 2BX-Brett Becker, [10]

 

Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 1B-Travis Rilat, [2]; 2. 76M-Brady Bacon, [4]; 3. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [3]; 4. 77-Cameron Hagin, [1]; 5. 29M-Joey Moughan, [8]; 6. 2WG-Weston Gorham, [6]; 7. 15S-Sean McClelland, [9]; 8. 11J-Justin Melton, [10]; 9. 3E-Blake Battles, [5]; 10. 8M-Kade Morton, [7]

 

 

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