McIntosh Becomes “Mr. Monday” on Chili Bowl Opening Night

Cannon McIntosh became the breakout star of the 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals by winning his preliminary night A-Main and finishing third in the main event. One year later, the now 18 year old has cemented himself as “Mr. Monday” with his second consecutive Monday night triumph.


The native of nearby Bixby, OK took the lead from high point man Ryan Bernal on lap four and led the rest of the way to win in front of the home crowd once again. He held off the likes of former USAC National Midget and Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney and Blake Hahn over several restarts to lock himself into Saturday night’s main event.


The night didn’t start off to McIntosh’s liking, who admitted to have struggled to find speed early in the day. That seemed to have subsided quickly, making a seventh to second run in his heat race and then a sixth to second run in his qualifier to put him on the outside front row for the A-Main.


“The car got a lot better throughout the night. We weren’t the best earlier in the day in practice, we just made some adjustments and we all talked together and went over what could make the car better,” McIntosh said on the FloRacing broadcast. “These guys do a good job and it shows, it isn’t easy to come out here and win in this building.


“It takes a good car and a driver who doesn’t lose his head. I think i was doing well with that tonight, keeping a cool head and trying to be patient.”


As per past history inside the Tulsa Expo Center, the outside was the preferred line for most of the 30-lap feature, but the bottom became the place to be in the final laps. With Courtney making his late charge, McIntosh also made his move inside to hold the field at bay.


“The top was really good in one and two, it was just super treacherous. Both ends were actually pretty treacherous. I saw him poke a nose there a couple times and on that last restart I moved back to the bottom in three and four like I was earlier. You really have to slow down and hit it but it was the more smooth and consistent line.”


It also marked the second consecutive year Courtney finished second to McIntosh in the Monday night prelim. He started fourth after the final tabulation of passing points and quickly found himself in second, but that would be as close as he would get to what would have been his second preliminary night win.


While he was left wondering what he could’ve done differently, “Sunshine” was happy to lock himself into Saturday night’s main event the easy way.


“I was trying to get a good run on the restarts but I couldn’t quite get there. It’s a great night, we’re locked into the show,” said Courtney. “I really wanted to win, it’s been a while since we won in this building.”


“I probably should’ve stayed on the top there. He made a run on the bottom there just before that caution and I didn’t want to give him a sure lock-in spot. Hindsight’s 20/20 and we’re in the show. We have a good piece, we’ll be in the top ten no matter what and 55 laps is a long time.”


Oklahoma favorite Blake Hahn finished third on his prelim night for the second straight year. Reigning USAC Midget champion Chris Windom and former Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel rounded out the top-five.


Tuesday night will feature Warren CAT qualifying night for the Chili Bowl Nationals and the popular Race of Champions, which will lock a driver into Saturday night’s main event. Competitors set to take part in Tuesday’s preliminary night include defending Chili Bowl champion Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, and former Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Golobic.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Keith Kunz Motorsports Twitter


Chili Bowl Nationals – Cummins Qualifying Night Results:

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

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn[1]; 2. 56A-Riley Kreisel[2]; 3. 45X-Roger Crockett[4]; 4. 32T-Trey Marcham[5]; 5. 91K-Kevin Bayer[7]; 6. 38-Braydon Cromwell[3]; 7. 4G-Chase Majdic[8]; 8. (DNF) 63-Trey Burke[6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7C-Tyler Courtney[1]; 2. 55V-CJ Leary[2]; 3. 10G-Marcus Thomas[3]; 4. 116-Claud Estes III[4]; 5. 2-Brett Wilson[5]; 6. 17L-Rocky Silva[7]; 7. 33-Bryson Smith[6]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. P1-Paul White[1]; 2. 8-Alex Sewell[5]; 3. 28K-Kory Schudy[4]; 4. 0B-Kevin Woody Jr[2]; 5. 67K-Holley Hollan[3]; 6. 7K-Kolton Gariss[7]; 7. 40M-Chase McDermand[6]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 87W-Ryan Bernal[7]; 2. 11S-Stephen Schnapf[5]; 3. 47K-Kevin Brewer[4]; 4. 45K-Kyler Johnson[6]; 5. 91S-Kyle Shipley[3]; 6. 9-Tim McCreadie[2]; 7. (DNF) 98B-Joe Boyles[1] McCreadie docked at the checkered flag for advacing before the cone on a single file restart.

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21T-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[7]; 3. 07W-Mitchel Moles[6]; 4. 22Q-David Prickett[3]; 5. 22-Sean McClelland[2]; 6. 17Z-Zac Moody[4]; 7. (DNF) 85-Jerry Coons Jr[5]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Chase Briscoe[6]; 2. 0G-Steven Russell[1]; 3. 8M-Kade Morton[7]; 4. 7RS-Christopher Larson[4]; 5. 121-Steve Glover[5]; 6. 91W-Cody Hays[3]; 7. 2C-Trevor Casey[2]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 35-Jacob Denny[2]; 2. 89-Chris Windom[1]; 3. 14S-Clinton Boyles[5]; 4. 21E-Emilio Hoover[4]; 5. 32-Gary Taylor[3]; 6. 2S-Cole Scott[6]; 7. (DNS) 4-Mike DuChare

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 79-Ryan Hall[2]; 2. 1D-David Gravel[7]; 3. 73-Dylan Ito[6]; 4. 5F-Danny Frye III[3]; 5. 6K-Michael (Mike) Snider[1]; 6. 7F-Roy Entze II[4]; 7. 3T-Taylor Peterson[5]


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

C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 17Z-Zac Moody[3]; 2. 9-Tim McCreadie[5]; 3. 40M-Chase McDermand[6]; 4. 22-Sean McClelland[1]; 5. 98B-Joe Boyles[8]; 6. 2S-Cole Scott[2]; 7. 3T-Taylor Peterson[7]; 8. 38-Braydon Cromwell[4]; 9. (DNS) 4-Mike DuChare

C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 85-Jerry Coons Jr[6]; 2. 91W-Cody Hays[4]; 3. 4G-Chase Majdic[2]; 4. 7F-Roy Entze II[3]; 5. 6K-Michael (Mike) Snider[1]; 6. 2C-Trevor Casey[7]; 7. 33-Bryson Smith[5]; 8. (DNS) 63-Trey Burke


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

Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 7C-Tyler Courtney[3]; 2. 87W-Ryan Bernal[6]; 3. 45X-Roger Crockett[1]; 4. 8-Alex Sewell[5]; 5. 56A-Riley Kreisel[2]; 6. 10G-Marcus Thomas[7]; 7. 0B-Kevin Woody Jr[9]; 8. 7K-Kolton Gariss[10]; 9. 7RS-Christopher Larson[8]; 10. (DNF) 79-Ryan Hall[4]

Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 28K-Kory Schudy[1]; 2. 07W-Mitchel Moles[4]; 3. 55V-CJ Leary[2]; 4. 5-Chase Briscoe[6]; 5. 32T-Trey Marcham[7]; 6. P1-Paul White[3]; 7. 67K-Holley Hollan[10]; 8. 21E-Emilio Hoover[8]; 9. 11S-Stephen Schnapf[5]; 10. 2-Brett Wilson[9]

Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 21T-Carson Macedo[3]; 2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[6]; 3. 91K-Kevin Bayer[7]; 4. 47K-Kevin Brewer[1]; 5. 0G-Steven Russell[2]; 6. 73-Dylan Ito[4]; 7. 8M-Kade Morton[5]; 8. 22Q-David Prickett[8]; 9. 121-Steve Glover[9]; 10. (DNF) 91S-Kyle Shipley[10]

Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 89-Chris Windom[2]; 2. 14S-Clinton Boyles[3]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 4. 35-Jacob Denny[5]; 5. 1D-David Gravel[6]; 6. 45K-Kyler Johnson[1]; 7. 116-Claud Estes III[7]; 8. 5F-Danny Frye III[8]; 9. 17L-Rocky Silva[9]; 10. (DNF) 32-Gary Taylor[10] B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature.

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 32T-Trey Marcham[1]; 2. 9-Tim McCreadie[14]; 3. 0G-Steven Russell[4]; 4. 56A-Riley Kreisel[3]; 5. 40M-Chase McDermand[15]; 6. 116-Claud Estes III[7]; 7. 17Z-Zac Moody[13]; 8. 45K-Kyler Johnson[5]; 9. 7K-Kolton Gariss[8]; 10. 22Q-David Prickett[9]; 11. 7RS-Christopher Larson[10]; 12. 0B-Kevin Woody Jr[6]; 13. 73-Dylan Ito[2]; 14. 17L-Rocky Silva[11]; 15. (DNF) 22-Sean McClelland[16]; 16. (DNF) 91S-Kyle Shipley[12]

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 8M-Kade Morton[2]; 2. 11S-Stephen Schnapf[3]; 3. 85-Jerry Coons Jr[11]; 4. 32-Gary Taylor[12]; 5. P1-Paul White[1]; 6. 67K-Holley Hollan[6]; 7. 2-Brett Wilson[10]; 8. 5F-Danny Frye III[7]; 9. 7F-Roy Entze II[16]; 10. 91W-Cody Hays[14]; 11. 79-Ryan Hall[5]; 12. 47K-Kevin Brewer[15]; 13. (DNF) 10G-Marcus Thomas[4]; 14. (DNF) 21E-Emilio Hoover[8]; 15. (DNF) 4G-Chase Majdic[13]; 16. (DNF) 121-Steve Glover[9]


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

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[2]; 2. 7C-Tyler Courtney[4]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[12]; 4. 89-Chris Windom[7]; 5. 1D-David Gravel[8]; 6. 35-Jacob Denny[13]; 7. 5-Chase Briscoe[3]; 8. 9-Tim McCreadie[19]; 9. 32T-Trey Marcham[17]; 10. 21T-Carson Macedo[5]; 11. 8-Alex Sewell[10]; 12. 32-Gary Taylor[24]; 13. 11S-Stephen Schnapf[20]; 14. 28K-Kory Schudy[11]; 15. 45X-Roger Crockett[16]; 16. 55V-CJ Leary[15]; 17. 0G-Steven Russell[21]; 18. 8M-Kade Morton[18]; 19. 56A-Riley Kreisel[23]; 20. (DNF) 07W-Mitchel Moles[6]; 21. (DNF) 14S-Clinton Boyles[9]; 22. (DNF) 85-Jerry Coons Jr[22]; 23. (DNF) 87W-Ryan Bernal[1]; 24. (DNF) 91K-Kevin Bayer[14]

Lap Leader(s): Ryan Bernal 1-3, Cannon McIntosh 4-30
Hard Charger: Gary Taylor +12

McIntosh Becomes “Mr. Monday” on Chili Bowl Opening Night