Larson, Bell and McIntosh claim Chili Bowl preliminaries

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Larson, Bell and McIntosh claim Chili Bowl preliminaries

North American Racing

Larson, Bell and McIntosh claim Chili Bowl preliminaries


Kyle Larson’s mastery of the preliminary nights of the Chili Bowl continued this week as he won a great duel on Tuesday with Thomas Meseraull to advance to Saturday night’s A Main.

The defending champion of the season-opening race in North America, Larson and Meseraull started on the front row and traded the lead with Shane Golobic joining the battle on Lap 15. In the final lap, T-Mez made a couple of runs for the lead but fell a couple car lengths short yet still advanced to the big show.

Larson won his 10th preliminary feature since 2010 in addition to capturing a heat race and qualifier in his King/Toyota. Former USAC midget champ Zach Daum charged from seventh to third and Cole Bodine was fourth.

Three-time Chili Bowl king Christopher Bell triumphed in the Race of Champions, beating Cannon McIntosh and Larson.

McIntosh (pictured above) was the winner of Monday night’s 30-lap qualifying race, as he took the lead from polesitter Ryan Bernal on Lap 3 and held off Tyler Courtney as both advanced to Saturday night’s main event.

Driving Keith Kunz/Agajanian/Curb Spike/Toyota, McIntosh started on the outside of the front row and led the final 27 laps after taking the top spot from Bernal.

Courtney, the three-time USAC champion wheeling the Clauson/Marshall Spike/Stanton, started fourth and got by Chase Briscoe and Chris Windom to take the A Main transfer spot.

Blake Hahn charged from 12th to third and defending USAC midget champ Windom finished fourth with soon-to-be NASCAR Cup full-timer Briscoe taking fifth. Former winner Tim McCreadie stormed from 19th to sixth.


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