Alex Bright narrowly wins Chili Bowl’s Tuesday night A-Main, other results

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Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pennsylvania claimed the win in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main Tuesday night in a narrow finish over Joey Saldana in the 25-lap race.

Bright, who started eighth, automatically locks himself into Saturday’s A-Feature with the win in the event held in the River Spirit Expo Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square.

Bright, Saldana and Zach Daum, who finished third, all advance to Saturday’s main event. Bright had finished second in both his qualifying race and heat race.

Unofficial results of Tuesday night A-Main

1. 77B-Alex Bright

2. 17-Joey Saldana

3. 5D-Zach Daum

4. 8J-Jonathan Beason

5. 51J-R.J. Johnson

6. 57B-Chad Boespflug

7. 35M-Matt Sherrell

8. 11A-Andrew Felker

9. 71K-Kyle Larson

10. 99P-Dillon Welch

11. 14W-Matt Westfall

12. 18-Tony Bruce Jr

13. 17J-Chase Johnson

14. 39S-Kevin Thomas Jr

15. 39B-Spencer Bayston

16. 78-Nick Wean

17. 0S-Dylan Westbrook

18. 55-Nick Knepper

19. 0T-Tyler Brehm

20. 1PW-Paul White

21. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr

22. (DNF) 7H-Darren Hagen

23. (DNF) 22E-Cameron Hagin

24. (DNF) 44X-Wesley Smith

NASCAR Ties: Kyle Larson won his qualifying race, the third of the night and started on the pole for the A-Main, but was involved in an accident with a car leaving the pits on Lap 11 and finished ninth. Larson also finished second in the eighth Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions (VIROC VIII) … Alex Bowman won the night’s fourth heat race after starting fourth. He then finished seventh in B Feature 1 … Christopher Bell finished fifth in the VIROC VIII.

Notable: The eighth Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions, a race made up of past Chili Bowl and VIROC champions, was won by Tanner Thorson.

Next: Wednesday’s qualifying races start at 7 ET and include NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley and Rico Abreu.

Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

Shimoda injured
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Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”

Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.

The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.

Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.

Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.

Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.

Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.

Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”