29th annual Chili Bowl Nationals already at 236 entries

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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.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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