Following a day of practice on Monday, competitors will begin four nights of qualifying on Tuesday.
Tyler Brehm, Alex Bright and Nick Wean – who have all competed in previous Chili Bowl events – will be joined by driver, Troy Betts who will be making his first attempt at the Chili Bowl on Tuesday night.
Of the four drivers, Bright is the only driver to have competed in a Saturday night A Main, finishing fourth in 2014. Bright returns to Chili Bowl action this year with the Lightcap Electric No. 77, owned by his grandfather, Joe Hemler. Bright raced to a 12th place finish on his qualifying night last year and as far as the C Main on Saturday.
Both Bright and Wean were heat winners on their qualifying nights last year. Wean will be behind the wheel of his family owned No. 78 again this year. He got trapped in the pits after an early race incident and was unable to complete the A Main on his qualifying night last year. Wean’s 2015 Chili Bowl went as far as the D Main on Saturday.
This will be Tyler Brehm’s third Chili Bowl event, behind the wheel of a second Steve Buckwalter entry. Brehm has been very competitive in his past attempts and came close to qualifying for the A Main on his qualifying night last year. He raced in the E Main on Saturday and hopes to improve on that performance this year.
Troy Betts has attended past Chili Bowl events with his friend, Shawn Jackson. Betts will make his first Chili Bowl start this year after competing with both URC sprints and ARDC midgets this past season.
Shawn Jackson will wheel the Betts Garage sponsored No. 7 on Wednesday and hopes to find some Chili Bowl luck this year. Jackson was in qualifying position when he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time last year.
Steve Buckwalter has raced his way into the big event on five occasions and hopes to make it number 6 this year. Buckwalter’s best performances include a third place finish in his qualifying night A Main and a 9th place finish in the Saturday night main event in 2009. Buckwalter also found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time last year after winning yet another qualifying heat race.
Brenden Bright is the third competitor who will attempt to qualify on Wednesday night. Bright was a heat winner last year and rallied to an 11th place finish on his qualifying night after racing his way from the back of the pack. On Saturday, Bright led the first half of the C Main before engine failure erased his chances for a Chili Bowl start.
Danny Stratton will wheel one of Andy Bondio’s No. 47 on Thursday night. Stratton finished sixth on his qualifying night last year and hopes to improve this time around. Stratton joins team mate, Tim McCreadie in the Bondio camp.
Stratton has made the Chili Bowl main event on four occasions. A fourth place finish in 2012 is his best Chili Bowl finish to date.
Larry Wight will make his Chili Bowl debut in one of the two Mike Heffner entries on Wednesday night. Wight, a young hot shoe in the Modified Stock ranks in upstate New York will make his first midget start in Tulsa.