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.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.