One of racing’s biggest events in the wintertime is the annual Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which draws in racers from around the world that are itching to add the “Golden Driller” trophy to their mantle.
Next month, the famous midget car event will stage its 29th running across a span of five days (Jan. 14-18). There will be plenty of star power on hand as the first entry list, released this morning, is chock full of sprint car and NASCAR standouts.
Leading the way is the four-time defending champion of the race, Kevin Swindell (pictured), who defeated his father, Sammy Swindell (himself a five-time winner), to win last year’s event. Both of them will be looking to claim the family’s 10th Chili Bowl title.
Big NASCAR names on the list include Sprint Cup rookie of the year Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as part of a four-car stable from owner/driver Bryan Clauson. Chase contender Kasey Kahne will also be in the race, and his involvement is particularly special.
According to Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press, Kahne is collaborating with three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart, Bob East and Julianna Patterson to run the car of the late Jason Leffler, who was killed in a sprint car accident earlier this year. More details:
A full list of current entries can be found on the Chili Bowl’s website.