California’s Logan Seavey kicked off the 33rd Chili Bowl with a perfect score on Monday night at Tulsa’s Expo Center. The 2018 USAC midget champion won his heat, his qualifier and then led wire-to-wire in the 25-lap A Main to lock himself into one of the top five starting spots in Saturday night’s main event.
“Can’t ask for a much better start to the week, I had a great car and it’s just an honor to be running here for Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby),” said Seavey, who started from the pole position and drove to a comfortable victory over Brady Bacon and Brad Sweet. “I got a break with the yellows and red flag and didn’t catch traffic until the final lap so that helped.
“But the track had two grooves and that’s all you can ever ask, just special to be locked in for Saturday night.”
Seavey started on the bottom of Emmitt Hahn’s nicely manicured dirt track and may have been saved by a red flag on Lap 13 because Sweet was closing fast on the cushion.
Owner Kunz gave him the elbows up signal as the cars got restarted — the sign to move up high. “The top was getting quicker so that was the right move,” said Seavey.
“I didn’t need that caution but that’s racing,” said Sweet. who lost second place to Bacon when he got high in Turn 1 on Lap 22.
Bacon, who captured the inaugural BC39 last year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, started fifth and tried both grooves before shooting into the runner-up on the bottom.
“The top was easier but the bottom was faster, just trickier,” said the native of Broken Arrow, Okla. “Just happy to be in the A so we can relax a little.”
The top three usually transfer into Saturday’s 55-lap feature but this year it’s only the top two so Sweet, fourth place Jake Neuman and Chase Briscoe will have to come through the B Main to make the A on Saturday.