Clauson flag to flag to win night 4 Chili Bowl
The defending Champion Bryan Clauson had his Priority Aviation Joe Dooling / Rusty Kunz Esslinger perfectly programmed with the auto pilot set to win from the opening lap. Clauson started his defense perfect with heat, qualifier win and looks very fast and confident on the track.
Clauson and Darland on the front row rolled to the green and Clauson immediately set about stamping his authority over the 24 car field.
Clauson led the field from Darland; Pittman and the big early mover was Boat charging up to 4th from his 8th starting position.
Boats early race pace soon saw him pass Pittman and assume third behind Darland.
Boat and Pittman managed to work pass Dave Darland who was now coming under threat from Damon Gardiner. With the race entering lap 22 trouble arrived for Darland and Gardiner when they get tangled up, putting an end to their transfer chances. Pittman and Boat were racing hard for the spot behind the untroubled Clauson.
As normal the lapped traffic started to get involved in the leaders race. Clauson sliced past them with the skill of a surgeon leaving Pittman and Boat to work their own way around the lapped traffic
.The race was pretty uneventful with Clauson dominating and the big question was who would come out on top in the battle between Pittman and Boat.
Chad Boat has been fast and looked solid in second until the pair entered the last two laps and finally the World of Outlaws 2013 Champion managed to find the way past on the bottom for a strong second behind the Priority Aviation backed car of Clauson
.After an ordinary set of lead up races Tanner Thorson put his little Toyota Beast to work with an impressive win the second B feature to secure his A Feature start .Starting out of P18 in the A Feature Thorson was the biggest mover all night ending up in a very creditable 4th place just ahead of Darren Hagan and Woo Late Model star and 2006 Chili Bowl winner Tim McCredie.
Brian Clauson was asked what it would mean to win back-to-back Drillers, Clauson replied, “It would be huge; this place has been under an evil reign for a long time. I got to sit here next to Kevin [Swindell] last year and talk about how easy it is to win off the front row, and this and that. We are on the front row this year, and hopefully it’s as easy as he says. Hopefully we can make 55 good ones, and be sitting here again tomorrow.
Daryn Pittman post race “I hadn’t run the bottom in 20 laps so I didn’t know what to expect when I went down there,” said Pittman of his pass for second. “I was just committed that I was going down there and try to make something happen.”
Chad Boat post race “You’ve got to pass everyone you can and our goal was to get up where Bryan was. It probably wasn’t realistic, but I think we are all pretty pleased here.”
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 63-Bryan Clauson; 2. 21-Daryn Pittman; 3. 15X-Chad Boat; 4. 67-Tanner Thorson; 5. 7A-Darren Hagen; 6. 47X-Tim McCreadie; 7. 3-Shane Cottle; 8. 68-Ronnie Gardner; 9. 21K-Cory Kruseman; 10. 71L-Damion Gardner; 11. 1JR-Stevie Sussex III; 12. 17RW-Dave Darland; 13. 4J-Tim Crawley; 14. 17K-Alex Schutte; 15. 37F-Hunter Schuerenberg; 16. 57D-Daniel Robinson; 17. 9D-Sean Dodenhoff; 18. 51F-Mike Spencer; 19. 85H-Shane Hollingsworth; 20. 41-Jason Johnson; 21. 82H-Mike Hess; 22. 17J-Chase Johnson; 23. 24X-Landon Simon; 24. 35X-Frank Flud
Saturday night in Tulsa it is time for the GOLDEN DRILLER CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
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