Two weeks out, Chili Bowl entry list is north of 300

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There isn’t too much racing in the traditional racing offseason, but one event that always draws interest – and huge entry numbers – is the annual Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla.

The indoor event, the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire, currently has 316 entries with 303 drivers already confirmed.

Teams move in starting Sunday, January 11, with racing up until the main event on Saturday night, January 17, 2015.

“If we want to keep this thing fun, and keep all the trailers in the Expo Center, we need some of these teams to pit together in order to give everyone enough room to work,” event co-founder Emmett Hahn said of the parking for the 2015 Chili Bowl, via the Chili Bowl website.

Here’s the entry list as it stands now.

Some of the notable names NASCAR or dirt-track fans might know include: Kenny Wallace (No. 05W (R)), Sammy Swindell (1), JJ Yeley (1ST), Tanner Berryhill (7T), Chad Boat (15X), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17), Ryan Ellis (17KT (R)), Duke Nalon III (17N (R)), Dave Darland (17RW), Daryn Pittman (21), Cory Kruseman (21K), Joey Saldana (21S), Kyle O’Gara (27RW), Kevin Swindell (39), Bryan Clauson (63), Kyle Larson (71K), Damion Gardner (71L), and Rico Abreu (97).

Bryan Clauson won last year, to end a run of four wins in a row by Kevin Swindell.

WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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