INDIANAPOLIS — The 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals kicks off in a little less than three weeks down in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Right now, almost 300 Midgets are on the prestigious entry list with several of them having INDYCAR or NASCAR ties.
The lone INDYCAR representative right now is Santino Ferrucci. Last year, he, Conor Daly and James Davison went south for the indoor Midget event and had a lot of fun. So much so, Ferrucci will be back it seems.
While it’s not been formally announced yet, Ferrucci is on the entry list for the No. 10 Dave Mac Motorsports entry.
We also have 13 NASCAR drivers already entered with the headliner being Chase Elliott. This will be Elliott’s first Chili Bowl appearance as he’s already been racing on some dirt tracks in a midget down south to prepare for this event. He will drive the No. 9E Paul May – DIAEDGE Racing entry.
Joining him as NASCAR representatives are the usual suspects too. Kyle Larson is back to defend his crown in the No. 01 entry. Larson, tore up the dirt tracks across the US this past summer and has made nine A-Main appearances. He was second in 2019 and won last year.
Christopher Bell is back in the No. 84X Midget. Bell, has seven A-Main starts including three wins (2017, 2018, 2019) and a runner-up last year. Five of his seven A-Main appearances have seen him finish in the top three.
Newly signed SHR Cup driver Chase Briscoe is back in the No. 5 entry. He’s made on A-Main in 2017 and finished 22nd.
CMR will have Ryan Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
JJ Yeley and Justin Allgaier are back too. So is former Truck Series driver Rico Abreu. He’s made the A-Main eight times including two wins (2015, 2016) and was fifth last year. Former Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne is back too in the No. 57W car. He has seven A-Mains to his credit but none since 2016. His best finish is sixth in 2002.
Also, you have Cody Ware (No. 17D) and Brett Moffitt (No. 45M) joining Elliott in making their Chili Bowl debuts as well.
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There were 359 entries last year, so as you can tell, there’s still room for plenty more. 375 Midgets showed up for the 24 spots in 2017. That’s a year after the smallest amount over the last five years of 349 coming to Tulsa in 2016.
We saw 357 cars show up in 2018 and 362 more in 2019.