Mighty Monday Night Kicks Off Slate of Five Chili Bowl Prelims

TULSA, OKLA. (January 13, 2020) – The time has finally come. It is RACEDAY at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals!

A year’s worth of waiting is shoved to the side and 350+ racers will tackle the Tulsa Expo Raceway this morning as 34 sets of practice officially get the ball rolling on the 2020 edition of the Chili Bowl. In a handful of hours, however, the racing will commence with Monday’s preliminary program scheduled to hit the track with hot laps at 4:00pm.

With only one year of Monday action in the rear view mirror, there’s not much to grasp in the numbers department. Of last year’s top five finishers on Monday night, only two will be returning to the same night this year.

Logan Seavey was pitch perfect in his Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 67 last year, sweeping his heat race, qualifier and feature in the first-ever Chili Bowl Monday program, but his move to Swindell Speedlab has shifted his qualifying turn to Thursday. Brady Bacon, who finished second, will come back to Monday in his FMR Racing No. 76E as the highest-returning finisher from last year. Brad Sweet (3rd) has moved to Wednesday evening, while Jake Neuman (4th) decided to tackle Thursday, and Chase Briscoe (5th) is sticking with his Monday night duties.

Several new additions are sure to spice things up with plenty of star power and super teams switching to the Monday show. Among the big names, Tyler Courtney and his Clauson-Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink No. 7B Spike/SR-11 has moved up from Tuesday to Monday in hopes of a second-career preliminary feature win. Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., another former Tuesday night victor, has transitioned his No. 5D entry to Monday’s portion. New Zealand’s golden son, Michael Pickens, will be a major threat in the RMS Racing No. 1NZ, as will Kevin Thomas Jr. in a Petry Motorsports No. 25 machine.

A handful of young guns and rookies will look to make a splash to begin the week. Leading the teenage pack, Gio Scelzi already claimed Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year honors back in 2018, but now comes in with a hot hand aboard his Tucker-Boat Motorsports, Pristine Auction No. 84. After nearly taking the Turkey Night Grand Prix at 16 years old, Cannon McIntosh will face his next challenge in the form of a Monday debut in the Keith Kunz Motorsports, Tulsa Sod & Mulch No. 71K.

The standard Chili Bowl format will remain the same with drivers drawing for heat race spots to begin the night. Following heat races, the top 40 in passing points will split into four qualifiers with those 41st and beyond splitting into C-Mains (Top 4). In qualifier action, the top 24 in points will be inverted (6 in each race) and run for 10 laps. After that, the top 16 in combined points will lock-in to the Monday A-Main with 17th-40th splitting into a pair of B-Mains (Top 4).

Changed at last year’s running due to the extra preliminary night, now it is only the TOP TWO FINISHERS in each preliminary feature that will lock-in for the Saturday night main event. Previously the entire podium punched their ticket, but now the ante has been upped.

For those unable to attend, you can watch tonight’s program LIVE on racinboys.com.

Monday Night Schedule (Tentative):
7:30 am: Building Opens
9:00 am: Open Practice (All cars)
2:00 pm: Pill Draw Opens
3:00 pm: Driver’s Meeting
4:00 pm: Hot Laps (by heat race group)
5:00 pm: Heat Races (est. 7-9 races — 8 laps each, top 40 in passing points to qualifiers)
6:45 pm: C-Main Races (2 races, Top 4 to back of corresponding B Main)
7:30 pm: Qualifier Races (4 races, top 16 in combined passing points to A, rest to Bs)
8:30 pm: Track Maintenance
9:15 pm: B-Mains (Top 4 to A—15 laps each)
10:00 pm: A-Main Start (24 cars—25 laps)
10:30 pm: Curfew
Midnight: Building Closes

Monday Night Entry List (As of 1/5):
GO-Eddie Martin (Stilwell, OK)
P1-Paul White (Waco, TX)
1B-Anton Hernandez (Arlington, TX)
1NZ-Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ )
1Z-Chris Roseland (Carter Lake, IA)
2-Ryan Hall (Midlothian, TX)
2B-Tyler Hewitt (Noblesville, IN)
2N-Weston Gorham (Colleyville, TX)
3F-Tim Barber (Napa, CA)
5-Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, IN)
5D-Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)
5F-Danny Frye III (St. Peters, MO)
5T-Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)
5X-Tyson Hall (Diana, TX)
7C-Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)
7F-Travis Ashwood (Sapulpa, OK)
7RS-Christopher Larson (Leander, TX)
7S-Kory Schudy (Springfield, MO)
8-Alex Sewell (Broken Arrow, OK)
8M-Kade Morton (Coweta, OK)
9H-Emilio Hoover (Broken Arrow, OK)
9X-Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, IL)
10J-Jeffrey Newell (Tulsa, OK)
11J-Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX)
15K-Andrew Carlson (Elk River, MN)
15X-Carson Garrett (Little River, CO)
17D-Ryan Ellis (Ashburn, VA)
17E-Blake Edwards (Coweta, OK)
17X-Kurt Stellhorn (Ellis Grove, IL)
17Z-Zac Moody (Broken Arrow, OK)
18-Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS)
18L-Logan Scherb (Decatur, TX)
18S-Santino Ferrucci (Woodbury, CT)
19N-Nick O’Neal (Wagoner, OK)
20S-Shon Deskins (Waddell, AZ)
22-John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, PA)
22S-Sean McClelland (Owasso, OK)
27A-AJ Burns (New Castle, OK)
32-Gary Taylor (Snohomish, WA)
32T-Trey Marcham (New Castle, OK)
41-Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, FL)
44-Ryan Leavitt (Knoxville, IA)
44C-Blake Carrier (Amite, LA)
44D-Evan Turner (Jacksonville, IL)
44X-Wesley Smith (Nixa, MO)
47K-Kevin Brewer (Owasso, OK)
51G-Garet Williamson (Columbia, MO)
51-Curtis Jones (Sand Springs, OK)
56A-Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, MO)
57W-Dustin Golobic (Elk Grove, CA)
67o-Kyle O’Gara (Indianapolis, IN)
71K-Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, OK)
74-Drew Rader (Findlay, OH)
74M-Adam Pierson (East Corinth, VT)
74S-Slater Helt (Pleasant Hill, MO)
75M-Corey Ballard (Orange, CA)
76E-Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
77W-Joe Wirth (Fults, IL)
81-Colten Cottle (Kansas, IL)
84-Gio Scelzi (Fresno, CA)
86C-Dave Camfield, Sr. (Decatur, IL)
91B-Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)
91K-Kevin Bayer (Bixby, OK)
91W-Cody Hays (Wynne, AR)
96-Cody Brewer (Choctaw, OK)
97W-Kaidon Brown (Sydney, NSW)
98B-Joe Boyles (Greenwood, MO)
116-Claud Estes (Godley, TX)
130-Larry Bratti (Springdale, AR)
155-Ryan Truitt (Dewey, OK)

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