Bell Goes For Fifth-Straight Thursday Triumph Against Stacked Roster Tonight

Story presented by POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League
TULSA, OKLA. (January 16, 2020)
– If Christopher Bell is to extend his record run of consecutive preliminary night victories to five straight, he’ll have to beat arguably the toughest qualifying roster of the week at Chili Bowl. The likes of Seavey, McDougal, Bayston, T-Mez, Coons, Golobic, Bodine, Felker, Shuman, Stratton, Darland, Allgaier, Neuman, Kofoid, Cottle, Miller, and so many more will look to play spoiler to CBell and Boat in their maiden run as a tandem.

Going on four-straight Thursday triumphs, Bell hasn’t been beat on this night since 2015, when he came out of the B-Main to run fifth behind Jerry Coons Jr., Andrew Deal, Kevin Swindell and Ryan Bernal. This go round, Bell won’t be in the familiar Keith Kunz Motorsports entry, instead he’s teamed with Tucker-Boat Motorsports to drive the iRacing, Pristine Auction, Toyota No. 84X.

In Bell’s way to victory lane is a host of stout contenders. Among the many challengers, Logan Seavey in the Swindell Speedlab No. 39 will be one of the biggest. Along with Seavey, Bell has to deal with Shane Golobic, an always consistent front runner in the Matt Wood Racing No. 17W.

Jerry Coons Jr., the last man to beat Bell on Thursday in 2015, will be racing for Petry Motorsports. Cole Bodine, who ran third in his Wednesday prelim last year, is back with Clauson-Marshall Racing in the Driven 2 Save Lives No. 39BC entry. Jason McDougal, who is still after his first-career Chili Bowl main event start, pilots the potent FMR No. 76M. Spencer Bayston goes for Hayward Motorsports and Thomas Meseraull guides an RMS Racing No. 7X.

From there, the competition presents us with the likes of Justin Allgaier, a former podium finisher in Saturday’s finale. Andrew Felker will be pursuing his 11th consecutive preliminary feature start and a second career lock-in effort. Veterans Dave Darland, Danny Stratton, Casey Shuman and Shane Cottle will all be part of the action.

You also have to count on the potential of Andrew Deal, Buddy Kofoid, Holley Hollan, Jake Neuman, Joe B. Miller and others to challenge come feature time.

Be sure to tune into @Walkapedia_ on Twitter to follow along with our extensive Chili Bowl coverage presented by WWT Raceway! Thursday’s action is being brought to you by  The Parts Authority.

Thursday Schedule of Events:
9 a.m. ………………Building opens
10 a.m.-7 p.m……Trade Show
1 p.m. . …………….Clear Building
1:30 p.m. ………….Open grandstands and pits for entry with ticket or pit pass
2 p.m. ………………Drivers draw for heat starting positions at chalkboard
3 p.m. ………………Driver’s Meeting
4 p.m. ………………Hot laps (by heat race group)
5 p.m. ………………Heat races (est. 7-9 races—8 laps each)
6:45 p.m. ………….C Main Races (2 races, Top 4 to back of corresponding B Main)
7:45 p.m. ………….A Qualifier Races (4 races, top 16 in combined passing points to A, balance to Twin Bs)
8:30 p.m. ………….Track Maintenance
9:15 p.m. ………….B Features (Top 4 to A—15 laps each)
10 p.m. ……………..A Feature Start (24 cars—30 laps)
10:30 p.m …………Curfew
Midnight ……………Building Closes

Thursday Night Qualifiers:
0K-Don O’Keefe, Jr. (Pittsboro, IN)
00D-Daniel Sanchez (Averill Park, NY)
1G-Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
1H-Rick Horn (Colony, KS)
1M-Mark Smith (Sunbury, PA)
2C-Seth Carlson (Stafford, CT)
2ND-Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
2X-A.J. Fike (Galesburg, IL)
3N-Jake Neuman (New Berlin, IL)
4M-Michelle Decker (Guthrie, OK)
4X-TBA
5G-Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA)
5L-Logan Roberson (Waynesboro, VA)
7A-Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)
7JR-J.D. Black (Grain Valley, MO)
7MF-Chance Morton (Coweta, OK)
7R-TBA
7X-Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
08M-Joe B. Miller (Millersville, MO)
9P-Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN)
10C-Dalton Camfield (Decatur, IL)
11-Cale Conley (Vienna, WV)
11A-Andrew Felker (Carl Junction, MO)
11P-Laydon Pearson (New Castle, OK)
11X-Donovan Peterson (Brookings, SD)
15D-Andrew Deal (Caney, KS)
17B-Ryan Bickett (Romona, SD)
17M-Kala Keliinoi (Waianae, HI)
19B-Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN)
21D-Justin Dickerson (Pittsboro, IN)
21K-TBA
Q23-Barrie Valentino (Chandler, QLD)
23S-Kyle Simon (Covington, OH)
24F-Hunter Fischer (Broken Arrow, OK)
25-Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)
25B-Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, PA)
26-George Willard (Willoughby, OH)
27D-Travis Berryhill (Brownsburg, IN)
27W-Colby Copeland (Roseville, CA)
32D-Casey Shuman (Rattlesnake Bend, AZ)
35L-Cody Ledger (Omaha, NE)
39-Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA)
39B-Cole Bodine (Rossville, IN)
41X-Howard Moore (Memphis, TN)
46X-Jeffrey Champagne (Westfield, MA)
47X-Danny Stratton (Reading, PA)
49-Scott Kreutter (Alden, NY)
51X-Joe Walker (Harrisonville, MO)
52-Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK)
52C-Cody Karl (Gulfport, MS)
55V-C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
56D-Mitchell Davis (Auburn, IL)
57-Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA)
57K-Kevin Studley (Brownsburg, IN)
67-Michael “Buddy” Kofoid (Penngrove, CA)
67K-Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, OK)
67S-Ryan Smith (Kunkletown, PA)
68B-Blain Peterson (Essex, IA)
71T-Zac Taylor (Green River, WY)
72-Eric Fenton (Jenks, OK)
72X-Jeff Wheeler (Rockwall, TX)
73-Dylan Ito (Thousand Oaks, CA)
76M-Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK)
77U-Chris Urish (Elkhart, IL)
78M-Merle Scherb (Runaway Bay, TX)
84X-Christopher Bell (Norman, OK)
84S-Shaun Shapel (Wichita, KS)
87F-Johnny Kent (Kiefer, OK)
321-Chad Winfrey (Gladstone, MO)
926-Morgan Frewaldt (Tonganoxie, KS)

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