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.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.