IndyCar driver Conor Daly is one of 302 entrants so far for the 2019 Chili Bowl. He will drive the 23C of Jonathan Byrd Racing and make his first attempt in the iconic race.
Daly got his first Midget start in September’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 support race for NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 on a newly designed track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That race was in honor of Bryan Clauson – the 2014 Chili Bowl winner.
Daly joins more than a half-dozen drivers with NASCAR connections in a race that regularly pulls entrants from outside of Midget racing.
Last year featured more than 350 entries.
Featured among the 2019 interlopers is current Xfinity driver Christopher Bell who won the past two Chili Bowls, former Truck Series driver Rico Abreu who won in 2016 and 2015 and Cup driver Kyle Larson.
Other notable drivers include Kasey Kahne, Justin Allgaier, JJ Yeley, and Kelley Earnhardt Miller’s daughter Karsyn Elledge – also making her first Chili Bowl start.
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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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