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NASCAR Drivers Ready for Chili Bowl « Roddin' & Racin' TV

NASCAR Drivers Ready for Chili Bowl

iRacing - Chili Bowl Nationals

Defending winner Christopher Bell is one of the NASCAR drivers among more than 325 entries for the 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., that begin Tuesday with four nights of qualifying.    Bell book-ended the 2017 season with two big accomplishments in his early racing career by winning the 2017 Chili Bowl and then the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.    “I don’t think it gets much better than that,” said Bell, who moves to the XFINITY Series full-time with Joe Gibbs Racing this season. “You can’t compare the two. One of them is a race and one of them is a championship over the course of a year. But to win both is a dream come true.”    Bell, who joins the late Bryan Clauson as the only other driver with a “Golden Driller” trophy in both Shootout Micro and Chili Bowl Midget competition, captured last year’s Chili Bowl to become the first Oklahoman to win since Andy Hillenburg in 1994.     “Coming back here as the champion is a whole lot less stressful,” Bell said during Monday’s press conference. “As a kid growing up in Oklahoma racing micro sprints the Chili Bowl was the biggest race event of the year. I remember coming here as a little kid coming up to Tony (Stewart) and asking for his autograph.”     For the Chili Bowl, Bell will once again race for Keith Kunz/Curb Agajanian and will be a teammate of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson. The team, fielding cars for eight drivers including Rico Abreu, is seeking its fourth straight Chili Bowl win. Abreu, who raced full-time in the Truck Series in 2016, won the event in 2015 and 2016.    Larson goes into this year’s Chili Bowl fresh off scoring three wins in midget competition in New Zealand. READ FULL STORY

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