Smee wins in Sydney but Thomas is POWRi Champion

POWRi Progress: Sydney April 6th 2014

Smee pounces and takes the final round of the 2013/14 Lucas Oils POWRI Speedcar Super Series at Valvoline Raceway. But it was Queensland Brett Thomas who takes the Championship home to Queensland.

POWRi Champion 2013/14 Brett Thomas

POWRi Champion 2013/14 Brett Thomas

Thomas’s third placing secured the Championship win over Matt Jackson and Troy Jenkins.

After a nervous week when rain threatened and Kiwi ace Brad Mosen joined one of the strongest field to assemble for a POWRI SSS meeting the final night for the POWRi Championship has beaten off Speedways arch villain THE RAIN.,YES!

Starting out of position 5 Thomas was able to take full advantage of late stoppage with two laps to run and gets under Jamie McKinlay and secure the final podium position behind Smee and Matt Smith.

Nathan Smee and Matt Smith raced from the front row with Smee controlling a comfortable lead over Smith to the finish. Smee was fastest during the qualifying in his American Tire and Racing Services Mark Cooper owned car and although Smith tried to keep in touch he never looked likely to threaten.

The POWRi Lucas Oils Night was marred by a nasty tangle between three cars that sent Queensland Scott Jeynes into a wild flip. Once back in the pits Jeynes collapsed in car owners Terry King trailer and need medical support, after the paramedics managed to stabilize Scott they transported the Queenslander to Westmead Hospital for observation.

Brad Mosen’s quick trip across the ditch to sub for Queenslander Scott Wilson was disappointing as he suffered engine problem early and made only a lap or two after starting at the rear in the A main before retiring to the infield .

The final race results and the POWERi Championship tables:

30 Lap A Main:

Nathan Smee wins at Valvoline Raceway

Nathan Smee wins at Valvoline Raceway

1st   Smee,2nd  Smith, 3rd Thomas,4th  Mckinlay, 5th Brien, 6th M Jackson, 7th T Jenkins, 8th Stewart, 9th Chaffey, 10th Hassan, 11th Hefford, 12th Meadows.

DNF: D Jenkins ,B Jackson ,R Harders,G Wesble ,M Harders ,B Mosen NZ ,A Collins

Lucas Oils POWRi Championship results :

Final Championship positions POWRi 2013/14

Final Championship positions POWRi 2013/14

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We rate the chance in the 2014 World of Outlaws Sprintcars

The World of Outlaw review for 2014

Parramatta  Aust. February 13, 2014

 With the season due to start today at Volusia Speedway Park it is the ideal time to look back and see if we can forecast using last year’s form  who is likely to be the 2014 World of Outlaw Champion .

Some might say it is a bold and maybe foolish move to try and predict the result even before the engines have been fire up.

Well my answer is that makes it a more interesting a challenging.

How do you rate the chances for the top ten? This is Talking Speedway predictions for 2014

 (1)     Donny Schatz: the most consistent performer through the past year backed by the powerful Tony Stewart Organization with support from STP  Wins , top 5 and top 10 finishes was the best across all competitors .

Donny Schatz

Donny Schatz

With 21 wins against the next best Tim Kaeding 9 wins. You just can’t go past the 5 times Champion

(2)    Tim Kaeding: Backed by Roth Motorsports. I am placing him above defending Champion Pittman base on the fact that Roth Motorsports has announced that they will run the full WoO program .I expect Kaeding to improve his win to race starts ratios . Kaeding has continued his race winning form during his recent tour in Australia and is without question one of the fastest drivers on the tour.

(3)    Daryn Pittman: I have place the defending Champion at number three. Pittman backed by Kasey Kahn and Great Clips found his form early in the season and for constancy match Schatz in all but the win statistics .Pittman’s form over the concluding staging of 2013 fell away making the final finishing order the closest in the WoO history. Pittman’s poor form continued during his recent Australian tour.

2014 livery for Daryn Pittman

2014 livery for Daryn Pittman

(4)    Paul McMahan: Was always there about all season and recorded 4 wins and finished in 5th overall position for the CJB Motorsports Team .Apart from Pittman McMahan had the measure of most tracks during qualifying posting 17 fast times .

(5)    Kerry Madsen: The Australian posted three wins and with new sponsorship and the ability to beat any driver on any night I have a strong feeling this might well be his year .I expect Madsen to improve from his last years 10th position. Backed by American Racing Custom Wheels and Keneric Racing

(6)    Sammy Swindell: History will tell you can’t leave Sammy out of contention. Three wins in 2013 and regular top 10 finishes the Big Game Motorsports NO 1 will be pushing to improve on his sixth finish in 2013.

(7)    Joey Saldana : Always fast and last season was in a winning position many times before luck went sour .A single win in 2013 and strong placing across season should ensure a successful season Teaming up again with Motter Equipment and a new sponsors Beltline Body Shop and HEM Saw

(8)    Steve Kinser: Two wins in 2013 and the expectation that his final season of racing will bring renewed enthusiasm to the 20 Time World of Outlaw Champion. Kinser’s top 5 and top 10 finishes were impressive particularly at a time he might well have been putting his feet up. This last year will be a fitting farewell tour for the Champ and the Tony Stewart team with Sponsor Bad Boys Buggies.

(9)    Cody Darrah: Team mate of Daryn Pittman and with the Kasey Kahn Team backed by the Surepoint Medical. Darrah will certainly be in the race for the money at most tracks.

(10)Brad Sweet: Another from the Kasey Kahn Stable and backed by Ollies Barn can look back to his sizzling form to win the Kings Royal at Eldora. Expect big things.

I am sure this list will create some discussion amongst the fans and many will ask where Craig Dollansky is. I have not considered Dollansky because as we post he is still without a ride after parting late last year with Big Game /EyeOn team. Dollansky certainly would be in any top 10.

With over 92 events scheduled on the STP World of Outlaws Championship any one of 20 of the regular runners are capable of winning on any night. In addition to the regular Outlaws, the Pennsylvania Posse, The All Stars and many of the local track Champions are capable of winning the A Mains when they enter.

To win on the STP tour is an achievement .Donny Schatz’s 21 wins in 2013 was nothing short of amazing and clearly he must be the favorite to take the Championship.

The Trophy that Daryn Pittman will try to defend

The Trophy that Daryn Pittman will try to defend

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George Tatnell Cup first outing for Murcott as Australia 1

George Tatnell Cup first outing for Murcott as Australia 1

George Tatnell in his Midget Speedcar days

George Tatnell in his Midget Speedcar days

After the his success in Tasmania and the Australia one on his tail New Australian Champion David Murcott heads to Speedway City for round 9 of World Series Sprintcars. The Speedway City event will again this year have the added prestige of the George Tatnell Cup being incorporated in the race.

Murcott a past winner of the George Tatnell Cup carries race winning form into the race and will be one of the fancied runners among the field of 32 Sprintcars .

David Murcott Australian Sprintcar Champion 2014

David Murcott Australian Sprintcar Champion
2014

While the World Series points will be important to the drivers  the memories of the greatness that was George Tatnell and the sight of having the George Tatnell Cup in their Trophy Cupboard , a massive incentive .

George Tatnell , stock Car driver ,Super Modified ,Sprintcar Champion and three times Australian Speedcar Champion . George Tatnell one of Speedways great personalities and the World Series Sprintcar round 9 is a fitting memory to his amazing life and his support of Speedway in Australia

Brooke Tatnell, the 5 times Australian Champion and 8 times World Series winner will be having his first chance at winning the Cup that honors the memory of his father.

Former Australian Champion James McFadden leads Luke Dillon by 95 points with Lines and Tatnell close enough to threaten McFadden and Dillon for the series lead.

 The George Tatnell Cup will be the first outing for Murcott carrying the number one and he will be keen to impress.  In an interview with Speedway Australia Murcott had this say ““It was great to finally get the win after knocking on the door for so long and it was a great reward for Horrell Motorsport,” stated Murcott.

“Our focus will now be on the George Tatnell race. We were lucky enough to win the first one and we have won a lot of big races in Adelaide so we are looking forward to getting back there.”

The top 10 in the points as they head to Speedway City

NQ25 James McFadden 2082

W25 Luke Dillon               1987

W# Steven Lines               1918

W2 Brooke Tatnell           1903

US7 Shane Stewart          1563

V35 Jamie Veal                 1499

A1 David Murcott            1457

S27 Daniel Peskta            1455

Q7 Robbie Farr                 1431

S51 Dylan Jenkin              1362

Nominations for the WSSC Round 9 and George Tatnell Cup

A1… Dave Murcott

W2… Brooke Tatnell

W3… Steve Lines

S6… Michael Burford

Q7… Robbie Farr

US7… Shane Stewart (USA)

S8… Terry Pitt

S10… Steven Caruso

S12… Jamie Cobby

W12… Daniel Harding

S19… Brad Keller

N21… Garry Brazier

Q21… Jordyn Brazier

S24… Ricky Maiolo

NQ25… James McFadden

W26… Luke Dillon

S27… Daniel Pestka

S33… Mark Caruso

V35… Jamie Veal

NQ42… Brent Aprile

S42… Jamie Hendry

S45… Jake Tranter

N48… Jackson Delamont

S51… Dylan Jenkin

S55… Luke Bowey

S63… Ryan Jones

W77… Bradley Maiolo

S84… Scott Bogucki

S86… Brendan Guerin

S87… Hayden Pitt

S95… Mark Reuter

W99… Jamie Maiolo

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Bell Wins -POWRi Lismore

Bell heads Tri-Nation Podium at POWRi Lismore

Well the sun has set on the First ever POWRi World Midget Championship rounds here in Australia. The final two nights of round 7 at Lucas Oils Speedway has finished on a high for USAC Champion Christopher Bell.

Bell Mosen Smith

Bell Mosen Smith

For most of these last two rounds the Kiwi Mosen has had the better of the US Champ but tonight there was no stopping the youngster from Oklahoma.

Saturday in the Northern Rivers Town of Lismore was perfect and the early afternoon is a special time at any Speedway meeting but as the light changes the Midget Speedcars take on a sparkle that lasts the night.Big crowd waiting on the action.

Some of the crowd waiting on the action to start at Lismore

Some of the crowd waiting on the action to start at Lismore

Mosen after dominating night one started with just the same intention setting quick time and winning his heat races that saw the 7Racing Team BSL racer again grab pole after the eight cars shoot out.

Former New Zealand Champion Michael Kendall had another night of misfortune again ending upside down in the pit corner .Kendall emerged from the race car uninjured but his crew had some work ahead if they were to ready him for the B Main and then the A main event .

Visiting American and winner of our Magic Man 34 event in Western Australia Alex Bright was having car problems and would need the promoters choice to gain a start at the rear of the A main after failing to transfer  from the B Main. No such problem for Michael Kendall he blitzed the field wining easily

Alex Bright USA

Alex Bright USA

Would Mighty Mosen win back to back Features, would Clauson get back to the winners circle or would Christopher Bell take his first win in Australia. These and many more questions  would be answered after 40 laps of the Lucas Oils Lismore Speedway’s bullring.

Teams and drivers were showing some concern about the track particularly in turn one, many including Bell and Felker took time to look closely at the surface .Track staff soon sorted the problem

It was main event time, lights, camera, and action. Mosen shared the front row with Bell then Clauson and Mathew Smith.

Driver introductions completed and the cars moved away, set for a start and racing .Mosen jumps first and races to the lead .Mosen looked good and was fast early as he worked his way ahead of the field. Unlike Friday night race that went flag to flag this 40 lapper had its stoppages.

Once the field settled the race appeared to be between Mosen, Bell, Clauson, Smee and Smith. Just when you thought that Mosen could repeat his Friday night’s effort Bell started to gather in the Kiwi and soon passed for the lead. Mosen would not be able to regain the lead, unable to match the speed of Bell’s Stanton Toyota .Right now Bell was mastering the track and Mosen needed to be watchful as Smith and Clauson were starting to make their moves.

Lapped traffic was causing Smith some concerns and afterwards on the podium was most vocal.

The checker greeted Bell 1st across the finish followed by Mosen and Smith .The CJR Motorsports team were overjoyed at the result and this win was just as important to them as it was to their driver Christopher Bell.

While Bell Mosen and Smith collected the spoils and the congratulations spare a thought for those teams that had weekends they rather forget , Brett Thomas injured on Friday night recovering at home ,Michael  Kendall  two big crashes , Alex Bright ,Darren Hagen and our Australian Champion Adam Clarke all suffering different car issues .

Now with the New Zealand and Australian rounds completed the POWRi World Midget Champion will conclude with rounds in the US, dates to be advised but expected to start in May.

The first POWRi World Midget Championship rounds held at Archerfield and Lismore have been a resounding success and the great news is that POWRi has signed off on a new three year deal with both Archerfield and Lismore that will see POWRi back at these tracks. Visiting Americans and New Zealanders will again join the best from Australia.

Final results Night 2 POWRi World Midget Championship Lucas Oils Lismore Speedway

 

pos

start no.

competitor

laps

total time

diff

best time

best lap

best speed

1 USA2 Christopher Bell 40 17:00.518 13.866 20 104.37
2 NZ7 Brad Mosen 40 17:05.767 05.249 13.882 21 104.25
3 N13 Matt Smith 40 17:11.679 11.161 14.145 7 102.312
4 USA39 Bryan Clauson 40 17:11.751 11.233 14.144 8 102.319
5 NZ3 Hayden Williams 40 17:12.373 11.855 14.572 29 99.314
6 N7 Nathan Smee 40 17:13.841 13.323 14.224 8 101.744
7 USA91 Darren Hagen 40 17:14.133 13.615 14.493 8 99.855
8 USA3 Jerry Coons Jnr 40 17:14.771 14.253 14.504 24 99.779
9 USA29 Alex Bright 40 17:15.299 14.781 14.389 24 100.577
10 USA82 Andrew Felker 40 17:15.556 15.038 14.383 24 100.619
11 N3 Darren Jenkins 39 17:06.052 1 lap 14.834 27 97.56
12 A1 Adam Clarke 39 17:06.964 1 lap 14.675 25 98.617
13 NZ39 Peter Hunnibell 39 17:08.937 1 lap 14.749 27 98.122
14 NZ91 Shane O’Connor 39 17:12.163 1 lap 14.949 26 96.809
15 NZ95 Chris McCutcheon 39 17:15.631 1 lap 14.609 13 99.062
16 NZ2 Scott Buckley 38 17:06.679 2 laps 15.496 28 93.392
17 N42 Jamie McKinlay 38 17:08.510 2 laps 15.392 18 94.023
dnf NZ26 Dayne Maxwell 18 09:40.253 22 laps 15.126 8 95.676
dnf NZ89 Michael Kendall 16 09:12.104 24 laps 15.342 9 94.329
dnf Q99 Brock Dean

If you get the chance visit Lismore in the beautiful Northern Rivers, rain forests, great surf over on the coast and of course the Lucas Oils Lismore Speedway.Need a place to stay then call the AZA Motel in Keen Street, Lismore nice people .

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Brad Mosen win at Lismore

Mosen Muscle at POWRi Lismore

Brad Mosen Lismore Winner

Brad Mosen Lismore Winner

 

Lismore Friday 31st January and the POWRi World Midget Championship Teams make the Northern Rivers Town of Lismore their home for two night of world class midget racing.

Following on from his back to back wins in Brisbane Indiana’s Bryan Clauson would have been one of the favorites.

Early during the afternoon conditions looked a little dicey with large black clouds hanging over overhead

A few early drops of rain but Mother Nature must have had tickets; the rain stayed away and round 7 of the POWRi Series fired off to the delight of the crowd, small enthusiastic crowd.

The pits very busy, teams grabbing that last chance to find that little bit extra in their car for their driver.

The American 6 of them all full time professionals, 10 New Zealander’s and Australia’s best ready for the challenge ahead.

With the heat races completed the Kiwi pit of Mosen was looking very confident, the BSL7 racer had been in magic form winning all his heats and setting down a new 10 lap track record.

The only set back for the night was the horrific tumble that Queensland’s Brett Thomas had as he exited the pit corner, a nasty flip. Thomas was taken to hospital from the track but the new this morning is all good and he will be released from Lismore hospital later today and will return to Brisbane.

I have seen some fantastic races in my time but none better than last night’s 25 lap A Main

The front row Bell and Mosen with Clauson in three. Hagan, Coons and Felker all had problems during the heats and started well back.

Mosen won the start and headed Bell for a short time, the young Toyota driver soon charge past the Kiwi and immediately started to build what many thought would be a race winning lead.

Gotta tell you, Mosen was tough, worked his back to Bell as the leaders started to encounter traffic .Bell, Mosen and Clauson started to gap the reminder of the field. Mosen worked hard to gather in Bell and the current USAC Champion tried every line , different tactics , lap after lap but the Kiwi covered every move , he had to as Clauson was waiting ,looking for the chance to take the lead away.

This was a classy drive by Mosen, so often in the shadow of Michael Pickens, tonight he beat the best in the world and set a new 25 lap record!Night one at Lismore for the POWRi Midget World Championship 018 (Small)

Darren  Hagen the 2013 USAC Midget Champion charged back after a night filled with car problem and his drive from well back into 5th place was Impressive .

Final placing

NZ7 Brad Mosen 25 06:02.577 13.817 1 104.741
2 USA2 Christopher Bell 25 06:02.816 00.239 13.818 2 104.733
3 USA39 Bryan Clauson 25 06:02.981 00.404 13.709 5 105.566
4 N13 Matt Smith 25 06:08.530 05.953 14.121 2 102.486
5 USA91 Darren Hagen 25 06:08.823 06.246 14.140 15 102.348
6 N7 Nathan Smee 25 06:09.393 06.816 14.199 2 101.923
7 NZ3 Hayden Williams 25 06:11.278 08.701 14.418 3 100.375
8 A1 Adam Clarke 25 06:13.540 10.963 14.458 7 100.097
9 USA3 Jerry Coons Jnr 25 06:14.770 12.193 14.371 5 100.703
10 NZ89 Michael Kendall 25 06:16.245 13.668 14.332 5 100.977
11 USA82 Andrew Felker 24 06:03.758 1 lap 14.662 3 98.704
12 NZ95 Duane Hickman 24 06:04.327 1 lap 14.432 3 100.277
13 NZ2 Scott Buckley 24 06:04.529 1 lap 14.286 3 101.302
14 NZ39 Peter Hunnibell 24 06:05.379 1 lap 14.507 7 99.759
15 Q76 Rob Mackay 24 06:05.409 1 lap 14.545 4 99.498
16 N3 Darren Jenkins 24 06:05.871 1 lap 14.728 6 98.262
17 N51 Michael Stewart 24 06:06.607 1 lap 14.791 4 97.843
18 Q99 Brock Dean 24
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The Golden Driller is Clauson’s for 2014

The Golden Driller is Clauson’s for 2014

After a decade of trying Indiana’s Bryan Clauson earns his maiden Golden Driller after cleaning up the 24 car field during the 55 lap Final.

The winning team Clauson ,Dooling .Kunz and Team

The winning team Clauson ,Dooling .Kunz and Team

Starting from position three Clauson followed Bell and Pole sitter Beason across the stripe and the charge for the Golden Driller on was.

In the early laps Caleb Armstrong looked comfortable, if you can with Clauson and Bell hard on your tail…

First Clauson found the way past Armstrong then Bell made his move wanting keep Clauson in check. All week Clauson’s Dooling /Rusty Kunz Esslinger has been hooked up and Clauson was able to keep Oklahoma‘s young USAC Champ behind and stamped his authority over the race at an early stage.

Cautions were out early when Thomas Messerull blew his motor and stopped on lap 13 a further 7 cautions followed bringing Larson, Kevin Swindell and Abreu right into race contention.

Clauson was on the money at every restart, first running the bottom then moving to the top to keep Bell and the charging pack under control.

Kyle Larson from position 15 and Kevin Swindell from 14 were both on the charge, Larson wanting his first win and Swindell not wanting to lose his title.

Larson was tearing up the track and soon had monstered his way into 5th and was looking like he might be a serious threat to Bell and possibly Clauson.

Luck in any race can be cruel, Larson would find himself in a Swindell sandwich and got caught up with Sammy, the contact forced Sammy off the track and he raced across the infield rejoining the race on the opposite of the track, one lap down. The contact for Larson seemed to hurry up the massive engine failure that ended his charge shortly after.

Later in the infield Sammy Swindell would have a confrontation with Keith Kunz and later at the press conference Swindell gave his view. , “It was nothing that bad. I think all the people, aside from me and Christopher made it a bigger deal than what it really was. I was just a little frustrated.”

The third Kunz/Toyota driver Abreu had also made up ground and like his teammate was looking like a chance until a spin ruined his chance of glory.

There was a number of rollovers one particular nasty one for Damion Gardiner the other for New Zealand’s Michael Pickens, both were unhurt thankfully.

As the laps counted down Kevin Swindell’s car started to work a treat and a late pass on Bell had him in sight of Clauson and a 5th successive  Title . A strong as Swindell was Clauson’s concentration, totally focused and he never lost control of the race and greeted the white flag with a clear lead

One circuit of the Tulsa track and the Golden Driller would be Clausons!

The flagman showed Clauson the chequered flag and the Golden Driller was his, Kevin Swindell put a masterful display to come from position 14 to take the runner up position ahead of Christopher Bell.

55 spectacular laps of midget racing was over and a new Chili Bowl National Champion crowned .When  BC stepped from the Dooling  Car the crowd erupted with applause , Clauson was a popular Champion at the 28th Chili Bowl nationals.

The Chili Bowl Champion  Bryan Clauson

The Chili Bowl Champion
Bryan Clauson

In the post race interview Clauson said “I’m just really relieved I didn’t throw it away because these guys are really good,” said Clauson. “I said it last night in the Press Conference that I felt like I had a car that could compete for the win tonight from the time we unloaded the car. It was really going to be a matter of not burying ourselves.”

 

A Feature (55 Laps): 1. 63-Bryan Clauson[3]; 2. 39-Kevin Swindell[14]; 3. 97-Christopher Bell[2]; 4. 77-Alex Bright[12]; 5. 17R-Dave Darland[10]; 6. 47X-Tim McCreadie[8]; 7. 21-Daryn Pittman[17]; 8. 8J-Jonathan Beason[4]; 9. 3-Chris Windom[9]; 10. 15X-Chad Boat[18]; 11. 67K-Rico Abreu[13]; 12. 24-Tracy Hines[22]; 13. 5D-Zach Daum[5]; 14. 1-Sammy Swindell[6]; 15. 05-Brad Loyet[20]; 16. (DNF) 7M-Kevin Ramey[24]; 17. (DNF) 17K-Alex Schutte[19]; 18. (DNF) 5-Jerry Coons Jr[21]; 19. (DNF) 7C-Caleb Armstrong[1]; 20. (DNF) 63NZ-Michael Pickens[11]; 21. (DNF) 56L-Danny Stratton[16]; 22. (DNF) 71K-Kyle Larson[15]; 23. (DNF) 47-Damion Gardner[7]; 24. (DNF) 16-Thomas Meseraull[23]

Lap Leader(s): Caleb Armstrong (1-5), Clauson (6-55)

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Clauson takes final preliminary feature at Chil Bowl

The four preliminary nights of the 28th Chili Bowl Nationals has past and the stage is set for the Championship night on Saturday at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.

The final preliminary night was full of action , would not be a Chili Bowl without it. The night belonged to Bryan Clauson leaving the 70 odd drivers to fight amongst them.

Heats winners were Chad Boat, Bryan Clauson, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Thomas, Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Ryan Bernal.Tim McCreadie and Dillon Welch

A tough night at the Bowl for Kasey Kahne with continuing engine troubles while Jac Haudenschild had huge wobble over the cushion while leading that ruined his night.

Jac Haudenschild over the cushion

Jac Haudenschild over the cushion

Positions in the preliminary feature are decided by the points gathered during the nine heats and qualifiers. Tim Mc Creadie won the coveted pole from Bryan Clauson. The top 6 positions in the 24 car final were

1-Tim McCreadie–47X
2-Bryan Clauson–63
3-Ryan Bernal–56R
4-Dave Darland–17R
5-Daryn Pittman–21
6-Jon Stanbrough–2S 

McCreadie held the lead for 9 laps before Clauson worked out the track condition and drove into the lead and set the pattern for what would turn out to be clear and convincing win.

McCreadie leads Clauson at the Chili Bowl

McCreadie leads Clauson at the Chili Bowl

Early caution on lap 8 and another mid race on lap 14 when Michnowicz collect the wall had little effect on Clauson’s race plan.

On the restart Clauson continued to increase his lead over McCreadie who was under threat for second by Darland but the 47x would hold his second place .Daryn Pittman was holding down 4th position ahead of Tanner Thorson in the Kuntz’s Toyota.

Running fifth entering the final turns, Tanner Thorson looped the Toyota No. 67k in the final turn collecting sixth running Ronnie Gardner in the process. Ryan Bernal was able to scramble by to complete the top five.

Forcing the caution after the leaders had taken the checkered flag, the split finish put the Thorson seventeenth, and Gardner eighteenth.

Clauson’s win his second since 2011 in a preliminary feature at the Chili Bowl sets the USAC Champion up perfectly for the Saturdays big final  and his charge to first Golden Driller.

Clauson Night 4 Winner with Joe Dooling and Rusty Kunz

Clauson Night 4 Winner with Joe Dooling and Rusty Kunz

Clauson, McCreadie and Darland would now join the other nine preliminary placings for the all important draw for positions in the 55 lap main Feature.

At the post race interview Clauson saidThe one nice thing about running with Tim is that he’s going to stay on the bottom as long as possible,” said Clauson. “I felt like we had a pretty good car early on. I kind of watched the track as the night went on and it seemed to always take five or six laps for the track to even out. When I jumped up and didn’t really go backwards I was pretty happy.”

A-Feature: 25 Laps – Top 3 lock into Saturday’s Championship Feature.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 63-Bryan Clauson[2]; 2. 47X-Tim McCreadie[1]; 3. 17R-Dave Darland[4]; 4. 21-Daryn Pittman[5]; 5. 56R-Ryan Bernal[3]; 6. 17K-Alex Schutte[9]; 7. 15X-Chad Boat[20]; 8. 57M-Matt Mitchell[10]; 9. 51S-Mike Spencer[17]; 10. 56J-Darren Hagen[16]; 11. 39R-Dillon Welch[14]; 12. 91T-Tyler Thomas[13]; 13. 21K-Cory Kruseman[12]; 14. 7B-Austin Brown[15]; 15. 88-Terry Babb[18]; 16. 73N-Nic Faas[11]; 17. 67-Tanner Thorson[7]; 18. 68-Ronnie Gardner[8]; 19. 5N-Jeffrey Newell[23]; 20. (DNF) 85S-Shane Hollingsworth[19]; 21. (DNF) 2ST-Jon Stanbrough[6]; 22. (DNF) 84B-Bobby Michnowicz[24]; 23. (DNF) 21AJ-A.J. Hopkins[21]; 24. (DNF) 1K-Trevor Kobylarz[22]

Lap Leader(s): Tim McCreadie (1-9), Bryan Clauson (10-25)

Line-up – 55 Laps positions 1 to 12 determined by a draw

Start-Driver-Car
1-Caleb Armstrong-7C
2-Christopher Bell-97
3-Bryan Clauson-63
4-Jonathan Beason-8J
5-Zach Daum-5D
6-Sammy Swindell-1
7-Damion Gardner-47
8-Tim McCreadie-47X
9-Chris Windom-3
10-Dave Darland-17R
11-Michael Pickens-63NZ
12-Alex Bright-77

 The defending Champion Kevin Swindell will need to work his through the two B 15 lap feature to gain a transfer to the Chili Bowl 55 Lap final. Kyle Larson, Daryn Pittman and Rico Abreu will have to run in the first 6 in the B1 15 lap Feature to get their start in the Chili Bowl 55 Lap Feature.

The best starting position Kyle Larson and Kevin Swindell can hope for is P12 but 55 laps is a long way around the Chili Bowl track and you can be certain that many stoppages are likely. The winner at the end of the 55 laps will know he has deserved the Chili BowlTitle and the Golden Driller.

The final charge for the Golden Driller gets back underway Saturday at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Oklahoma

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Brilliant Bell Chili Bowl Night three Winner

TULSA, Okla. (January 16, 2014)

Three nights of fabulous Chili Bowl racing and three first time preliminary winners. Tonight the 2013 USAC Champion Christopher Bell joined Beason and Armstrong as first time winners.

The Oklahoma boys have won two of the three features. Right from his first heat Bell and  Kunz/Toyota/ Beast team set the tone for the night but as impressive as Bell was the performance of defending Champion Kevin Swindell would have sent a strong message that he was not yet done with this Championship.

The Kunz Toyota Team with Christopher Bell

The Kunz Toyota Team with Christopher Bell

After a flat put him out of his heat the young Swindell had to overcome a 13th starting position in the C Feature and the B Feature to find his way to the night’s major final. Swindell’s Feature race was equally sensational bringing the Team car home in fourth place after starting 17th.

Bell drove the Kunz Toyota perfect, lapped traffic and the race long challenge from Damion Gardiner were never a threat to the USAC Champion and he crossed 2.150 seconds ahead of Gardiner.

There was a late race rush on Pickens by Swindell but the New Zealander was able to keep the defending Champion in fourth place and in the process earns a spot in the Saturday nights final…

 Bell the 2013 USAC Champion from Oklahoma and now with his first Chili Bowl Feature win under his belt answered questions from the media about how he felt after his win.

Christopher Bell “The Chili Bowl is the race to me. If there was one race I could run, it would be here, especially with it being in my home state. I guess this is one of the few times I get to race in Oklahoma, which is around my home crowd; it really is something special to me.” Bell continues ““There was one time I passed the first lapped car and then he (Damion) moved to the bottom because he had been running the top and then he started keeping up with me,” said Bell of Gardner closing in. “I kept seeing his nose down there and I was like ‘Aw crap, Damion is down there’.”

Bell did his time  racing in the POWRi Micro Series and his spectacular success in the Kunz Toyota/Beast Team made him an early choice amongst the fans and media to take out the 2014 Chili Bowl Nationals. Chris Bell has started his Chili Bowl Campaign in the most positive manner possible

B-Main: 15 Laps – Top 4 advance to A-Feature.

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 39-Kevin Swindell[13]; 2. 7M-Kevin Ramey[2]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[8]; 4. 81-Heath Duinkerken[4]; 5. 91B-Kevin Bayer[6]; 6. 27R-Kyle O’Gara[5]; 7. 75X-Landon Simon[14]; 8. 77K-Kevin Olson[15]; 9. 35T-Tyler Robbins[16]; 10. 21H-Ty Hulsey[11]; 11. 05J-Jason Johnson[7]; 12. 56X-Mark Chisholm[12]; 13. (DNF) 23-Jimmy Light[10]; 14. (DNF) 17-Michael Koontz[3]; 15. (DNF) 19P-Patrick Stasa[1]

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 35S-Matt Sherrell[3]; 2. 19S-Richard VanderWeerd[6]; 3. 62-Taylor Simas[8]; 4. 37-Brady Short[1]; 5. 6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[13]; 6. 71S-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 7. 33-Davey Ray[2]; 8. 25J-Matt Juhl[7]; 9. 43-Dakoda Armstrong[12]; 10. 4A-Aaron Pierce[11]; 11. 6A-David Gough[10]; 12. 82H-Mike Hess[9]; 13. 69-A.J. Fike[15]; 14. 7J-Shawn Jackson[14]; 15. (DNF) 2B-Bill Balog[4]; 16. (DNF) 11C-Chett Gehrke[16]

A-Feature: 25 Laps – Top 3 lock into Saturday’s Championship Feature.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 97-Christopher Bell[1]; 2. 47-Damion Gardner[2]; 3. 63NZ-Michael Pickens[4]; 4. 39-Kevin Swindell[17]; 5. 25B-Steve Buckwalter[7]; 6. 56L-Danny Stratton[9]; 7. 11A-Andrew Felker[8]; 8. 24-Tracy Hines[6]; 9. 15D-Andrew Deal[5]; 10. 7M-Kevin Ramey[19]; 11. 93-Dustin Morgan[11]; 12. 8L-Harli White[10]; 13. 11-Chase Stockon[14]; 14. 17S-Dominic Scelzi[13]; 15. 57B-Chad Boespflug[12]; 16. 19S-Richard VanderWeerd[20]; 17. 35S-Matt Sherrell[18]; 18. 62-Taylor Simas[22]; 19. 81-Heath Duinkerken[23]; 20. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[21]; 21. 37-Brady Short[24]; 22. 3T-Tim Barber[16]; 23. 5E-James Edens[3]; 24. 7L-Layne Himebaugh[15]

Lap Leader(s): Christopher Bell (1-25)

Gardiner ,Bell,Pickens

Gardiner ,Bell,Pickens

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The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues with Friday’s Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night. Races begin at 6:00 P.M.

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Caleb Armstrong wins night 2 at the Chili Bowl

 

  Tulsa Oklahoma 15th January 2014

Night two at the Chili Bowl and more of the heavy hitter take to the track. Wednesday night and the Kunz Toyota Team had the Abreu car ready to race . the 5 times Chili Bowl winner and Outlaw warrior Sammy Swindell back in the midget for his chance to win a sixth title .

Caleb Armstrong beats Sammy Swindell at the Chili Bowl

Caleb Armstrong beats Sammy Swindell at the Chili Bowl

Swindell, Abreu and Caleb Armstrong all started with heat wins .Swindell and Armstrong advanced to the major qualifier while Abreu and Jerry Coons Jr had to race through B Mains to make their way into the night’s preliminary final.

Armstrong shared the front row with Chris Andrew. Armstrong made the best start and lead into lap 2 when the race went under an early caution .On the restart Armstrong fell back to fourth behind Brad Loyet and Alex Sewell.

Armstrong fought back quickly and was second by lap sevenand by this time the leaders were  facing traffic . Andrews and Armstrong raced ahead of the pack quickly through the early traffic.

Lap 12 was the changing point and Armstrong worked his way past Andrews into the clear .The Andrews challenge came to end on a lap 14 when attempting a slide job for the lead he spun bringing out another caution .From this point on Andrews was a spent force.

Chris Windom was the next to try and challenge Armstrong for the race lead but Armstrong defended and retained his lead.

Another caution on lap 21 this time as Nick Knepper rode over the cushion in turn three while running in fifth and bounced off the wall as the engine said “I had enough “ pouring oil down the front straight and all over corners one and two

The track personnel needed to get the tiller out and ready the track for the restart .There was lots of oil over the track.and it needed to be worked out .

This would be the third restart for Armstrong and on this restart the threat was clear, Swindell had made ground from position13 and was now in fifth place.

The final restart and before us was a 4 lap dash with Swindell sending a massive message to his fans,”I am on for the win”. Suddenly Armstrong had Swindell all over him and his hard fought lead was gone, but the lad from Indiana was not to be out muscled by the veteran racer and raced Swindell tough regaining the lead with run off the cushion on the last corner .The winning margin was 0.441 seconds .

Chris Windom had a solid race to fill the final transfer into the Saturday night Final .Abreu and Yeley were racing for fourth when the pair made contact Yeley ended his night upside down. He was not happy.

Abreu was credited with a fourth place and Brad Loyet fifth.

Caleb Armstrong a worthy winner and for the second night in a row another first time Chili Bowl winner.

Caleb was asked about those final laps .” I saw him (Sammy Swindell) stick his nose in there and I didn’t want to push the issue at first, but then started pushing it, but I didn’t want to jump the curb. It was easy too, as I did it earlier in the race. I just kept on going and ended up winning “

B-Main: 15 Laps – Top 4 advance to A-Feature.

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 67K-Rico Abreu[3]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera[1]; 3. 39T-Payton Pierce[2]; 4. 15-Tim Siner[4]; 5. 14W-Matt Westfall[5]; 6. 6RR-Joe Liguori[7]; 7. 96-Cody Brewer[13]; 8. 83-Hannah Adair[11]; 9. 82-Eric Johnson[8]; 10. 1T-Tony Roney[15]; 11. 15B-Danny Burke[9]; 12. 86-Chris Ennis[12]; 13. 10J-John Hunt[10]; 14. 7K-Robby Parish[14]; 15. 6R-Jody Rosenboom[16]; 16. (DNF) 87R-Jeff Flesher[6]

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 5-Jerry Coons Jr[1]; 2. 91S-Jeff Stasa[7]; 3. 8V-Jace VanderWeerd[6]; 4. 5C-Colten Cottle[5]; 5. 76M-Brad Noffsinger[2]; 6. 33H-Cameron Hagin[3]; 7. 93H-Harley Hollan[13]; 8. 7F-Sean McClelland[11]; 9. 17J-Chase Johnson[15]; 10. 2X-Ryan Hall[4]; 11. 37F-Chris Guinn[9]; 12. 5$-Danny Smith[10]; 13. 37K-Steve Brown[16]; 14. 92-Brenden Bright[14]; 15. (DNF) 7JR-J.D. Black[8]; 16. (DNF) 84-Scotty Smith[12]

 A-Feature: 25 Laps – Top 3 lock into Saturday’s Championship Feature.

Windom Armstrong Swindell

Windom Armstrong Swindell

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell[13]; 3. 3-Chris Windom[4]; 4. 67K-Rico Abreu[17]; 5. 05-Brad Loyet[5]; 6. 26-Shane Golobic[15]; 7. 10-Brad Kuhn[14]; 8. 5-Jerry Coons Jr[18]; 9. 39T-Payton Pierce[21]; 10. 31B-Travis Berryhill[7]; 11. 15W-Brandon Waelti[12]; 12. 66-Shane Cockrum[9]; 13. 8K-Frank Flud[16]; 14. 9P-Parker Price-Miller[6]; 15. 15-Tim Siner[23]; 16. 73X-Trey Marcham[10]; 17. 8V-Jace VanderWeerd[22]; 18. 1ST-J.J. Yeley[11]; 19. 5C-Colten Cottle[24]; 20. 91S-Jeff Stasa[20]; 21. (DNF) 55-Nick Knepper[8]; 22. (DNF) 11CA-Chris Andrews[1]; 23. (DNF) 8-Alex Sewell[3]; 24. (DNF) 45X-Johnny Herrera[19]

Lap Leaders: Chris Andrews (1-11), Caleb Armstrong (12-25)

 

The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues with Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night. Races begin at 6:00 P.M. (CT) with Hot Laps at 5:00 P.M

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The Chili Bowl Night

The Chili Bowl –Oklahoma’s Beason  Wins

The Hard 8 Team

The Hard 8 Team

 Tulsa Oklahoma January 14 2014

They say come in from the cold and that ‘s what race fans did in huge numbers as the Fairground at Tulsa filled and the expected heat from the Chili Bowl race cars pushed the cold to one side .

The interest in the Chili Bowl, the biggest race on the Midget Speedcar calendar has a hypnotic effect on racers; they have a need to compete

Record entries included the current World of Outlaws Champion Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana together with NASCAR stars Ricky Stenhouse, Kasey Kahne and JJ Yeley.

The Warren CAT Preliminary night is all about securing the most number of points but there is always the bonus of passing points.

The gathering of points was squarely on the mind of Jonathan Beason and his Hard 8 Team as they started their quest for his first win in a Chili Bowl Preliminary. Beason gained the highest number of points in his heat and qualifiers to enable him to win the covet pole position for the 25 lap Feature.

We are reminded that it was almost 2 years since Jonathan’s friend and team mate Donnie Ray Crawford passed away. Jonathon’s win in the Feature was a tribute to his friend.

The field for the final feature was tough; Kyle Larson, Alex Bright and Zach Daum were among the heavy hitter in the feature.

Beason from Oklahoma jumped quickly and held the race lead from the start to finish. Bright and Daum were busy with each other while Kyle Larson was cutting his way fast towards the lead. At time on the Tulsa track traffic can get very rough but Beason dealt with each lapped car quickly, never really coming under attack from the 2013 POWRi Champ Daum or Bright.

Beason, Daum and Bright will now move directly into the Saturday final while the remainder will rely on their points gained from the program.

Jonathan Beason at the post race interview was asked how he felt “Asked about his level of nervousness getting through the feature, Beason replied, “I was really worried. I race 10 times a year now. This was my second midget race this, well, I guess this would be my first one this year. I haven’t really dealt with lapped traffic like these guys have. I was worried but thankfully; I saw their noses a couple of times, but I figured lapped cars were going to be in their way too “

Jonathan Beason and his #8

Jonathan Beason and his #8

Earlier in the night Kyle Larson show just how dominating he can be with his heat win and the win in the Race of Champions, but Kyle will be watching the points closely over the week as he desperately wants a place in the Saturday nights final.

Vacuworx Global VIROC V Race of Champions (20 Laps): 1. 71K-Kyle Larson [6]; 2. 47-Damion Gardner [3]; 3. 97-Christopher Bell[4]; 4. 05-Brad Loyet[2]; 5. 24-Tracy Hines[11]; 6. 5-Jerry Coons Jr[7]; 7. 21K-Cory Kruseman[5]; 8. 71-Kasey Kahne[1]; 9. 63-Bryan Clauson[15]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell[13]; 11. 39-Kevin Swindell[9]; 12. 1ST-J.J. Yeley[14]; 13. 15X-Chad Boat[12]; 14. (DNF) 47X-Tim McCreadie[10]; 15. (DNF) 4AU-Mathew Smith[8]

 Feature (25 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason[1]; 2. 5D-Zach Daum[3]; 3. 77-Alex Bright[2]; 4. 05T-Gary Taylor[7]; 5. 71K-Kyle Larson[16]; 6. 71C-Shane Cottle[5]; 7. 16-Thomas Meseraull[20]; 8. 51J-R.J. Johnson[15]; 9. 7JM-Joey Moughan[10]; 10. 99-Brady Bacon[18]; 11. 4J-Tim Crawley[9]; 12. 44-Don Droud Jr[11]; 13. 39C-Joey Saldana[6]; 14. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[22]; 15. 50-Daniel Adler[13]; 16. 55F-Taylor Ferns[19]; 17. 38-Billy Wease[23]; 18. 7A-Dalton Armstrong[12]; 19. 17E-Blake Edwards[24]; 20. 19-Steven Drevicki[21]; 21. 1W-Paul White[17]; 22. 4AU-Mathew Smith[14]; 23. (DNF) 98-P.J. Jones[8]; 24. (DNF) 11W-Tyler Courtney[4]

The crowds will back for more on Wednesday when the  Chili Bowl Nationals continue with the River Spirit Casino Qualifying night.70 drivers booked in , Wednesday will see Sammy Swindell,Rico Abreu ,Jerry Coons jr  , Chris Windom and JJ Yeley join 65 others chasing points  .Racing begins at 6pm(CT) with hot laps .

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