There are 340 drivers entered for the 33rd annual Chili Bowl, which opens tonight in Tulsa, but only one of them has a target on his back.
Christopher Bell is gunning for his third consecutive Golden Driller trophy in the indoor midget race that kicks off the 2019 racing season at the River Spirit Expo Center.
The 24-year-old native of Norman, Oklahoma has been unbeatable lately in midgets — winning Turkey Night again on Thanksgiving in addition to the Gateway Dirt Nationals last month as well as a midget and sprint feature in New Zealand a few days ago.
After nearly capturing the Xfinity Series title last year in NASCAR, the young man who grew up on winged sprinters in Oklahoma continues to run open-wheel cars all over the country when there’s no conflict with his stock car ride.
Bell is chasing Kevin Swindell’s record (he won four Chili Bowls in a row from 2010-2013) and his teammate Rico Abreu went back-to-back in 2015-2016.
As always, Kyle Larson figures to be Bell’s main competition as the NASCAR star has done everything but triumph on the Tulsa dirt track and beat Bell in a dandy duel Down Under earlier this month.
World of Outlaws legend Sammy Swindell is still formidable at the age of 63 and will be after his sixth Chili Bowl victory while other former winners J.J. Yeley, Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Tim McCredie and Damion Gardner are also entered.
Recently retired NASCAR star Kasey Kahne is after his initial CB win and joined by NASCAR regulars Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Landon Cassill, and IndyCar driver Conor Daly.
Bell’s preliminary races come Thursday night, while Larson and Abreu are set for Wednesday.
The first of five consecutive nights of heats and features is topped off tonight by a 25-lap A Main (the top three transfer to Saturday night’s main event) and live streaming is available on RacinBoys.com for $145 for all six nights or $30 per night.
Then, MAVTV and LucasOil.TV will be televising Saturday night’s 55-lap Lucas Oil Nationals presented by General Tire.