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Race of Champions Added to Chili Bowl Lineup!


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Race of Champions Added to Chili Bowl Lineup!


by Lonnie Wheatley


TULSA, Okla. (September 10, 2008) - Chili Bowl week just got a little bit better for the thousands upon thousands of race fans that flock to Tulsa each January for the world's premier auto racing event, as a Chili Bowl Race of Champions has been added to the Tuesday night portion of the event that spans five nights.


The 23rd edition of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is slated to take place at the QuikTrip Center's Tulsa Expo Raceway on January 13-17, 2009.


It had previously been announced that the Tuesday event would become a full qualifying event in 2009 rather than a "pre-qualifying" card reserved for Chili Bowl rookies and relative newcomers, as had been the case over the previous two years.


Now, in addition to a loaded field of qualifiers dicing for starting positions in Saturday's lineup of Chili Bowl championship feature events, fans will get an extra opportunity to watch the elite drivers in Chili Bowl history slug it out atop the indoor, ¼-mile clay oval for Chili Bowl Race of Champions bragging rights.


The list of past Chili Bowl champions eligible for the event is a prestigious one, with California native Damion Gardner the latest to add his name to the roster after capturing the Golden Driller in January. Other past Chili Bowl champions still actively racing include Tony Stewart (2007 and 2002), Cory Kruseman (2004 and 2000), Sammy Swindell (1998, 1996, 1992 and 1989), Tim McCreadie (2006), Tracy Hines (2005), Jon Heydenreich(1990) and Scott Hatton (1988).


The Chili Bowl Race of Champions field will be comprised of approximately 14-16 drivers, with the balance of the field to be determined.


A number of lucky race fans will be involved in the Chili Bowl Midget Race of Champions as well, with fans drawing the drivers' starting positions to set the Race of Champions starting grid.


Tickets for the Tuesday night, January 13, portion of the 23rd Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals are available for just $26 each by calling the Chili Bowl office at 918-838-3777.


There are no tickets remaining for the balance of the week (Wednesday through Saturday), although pit passes will be available for each night.


Additional information regarding the Chili Bowl Nationals is available at www.chilibowl.com or by calling 918-838-3777.

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