Sports car ace Chris Dyson returns to the Chili Bowl

Photo: Kruseman Motorsports

It’s always cool when drivers from different disciplines moonlight or make cameos in something outside their standard comfort zone.

Chris Dyson getting sideways in the Chili Bowl is no exception.

Dyson is a sports car veteran who is well known as both sporting director and driver for Dyson Racing, the team founded by his father Rob.

Next week meanwhile, he’ll be wheeling a Spike/Esslinger midget race car fielded by two-time Chili Bowl champion Cory Kruseman. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, one of America’s more well known tobacco-free smokeless brands, will support the effort.

“I’m very pleased to be representing Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff at the Chili Bowl,” said Dyson, who plans an expanded open-wheel racing schedule for 2016. “It’s a great option for people who want to quit or reduce their consumption of smokeless tobacco. I’m a big believer in Smokey Mountain and its mission. I want to help get the word out by getting my #16k running up front.

“It’s going to be a really competitive week with such a big entry,” Dyson added. “At the Chili Bowl you are racing against a ‘who’s who’ of dirt open-wheel racing.  It’s become a truly national racing event, with a lot of interest, and all the really good guys will be there. I’m proud to begin building my relationship with the Smokey Mountain folks on such a prominent stage and I’m grateful to Cory Kruseman for once again giving me a great opportunity in Tulsa.”