Each year the car count for the annual Chili Bowl continues to grow. The race is plain-and-simple an event that drivers want to enter. For Pennsylvania’s A.J. Flick he’ll be competing in the 2019 edition of the mega event after winning a dream competition. It will mark the first time he’s entered the indoor sensation, which will be held in Tulsa on January 14-19.
Flick emerged victorious in the MBV Dirt contest. The competition posted a ride in the 2019 Chili Bowl as the grand prize. He will pilot the second entry out of the LSR stable beside driver and team owner, Landon Simon.
“The MBV Dirt campaign was enduring, but exciting,” said Flick. “It kept me on my toes over the course of four months to make sure I was representing Mt Baker Vapor, MBVDirt, and Landon Simon Racing in the best and most efficient ways possible.”
MBV Dirt was launched this past summer as a social media campaign designed to give back to drivers and race fans across the country. Drivers registered at mbvdirt.com and received a packet in the mail, which included an MBV Dirt decal. The contestants were required to run the decal on their cars. In addition, drivers had to meet a short list of requirements to remain eligible throughout the remainder of the season.
Throughout the campaign, competitors won prizes from companies like STIDA, DRC Chassis, DMI/Bulldog Rearends, and High Side Design. Fans, who registered on the website and participated on MBV Dirt social media channels, were eligible to win prizes from Cold Hard Art, Mt Baker Vapor, Jackslash TV, POWRi War Sprints and LSR. Drivers who remained eligible throughout the campaign were then entered into a fan vote to decide the winner.
“I am extremely grateful for every single person who cast a vote to send me to the Chili Bowl. It is a dream come true and to partner with an established team such as LSR gives me high hopes for my first Chili Bowl entry. I am excited to race and ready to learn. It will truly be an amazing eye-opening experience,” Flick added.
The goal of this campaign was to continuously bring awareness to companies, such as Mt Baker Vapor, by giving the means necessary for people to stop smoking. Given the presence smoking has in the racing community, it’s very important to reach drivers, crew members, fans, and their friends and family.
“I wanted to create a true opportunity for drivers nationwide and spread awareness in the process,” Simon noted. “In a sport where ‘opportunity’ is often bought, we wanted to reward hard work and dedication. A.J. earned his seat every step of the way. I am very excited to work with A.J. in Tulsa and hope this campaign encourages drivers to continue working toward their dreams.”
Mt Baker Vapor came on board with Landon Simon Racing in 2014 with the goal of educating smokers on the benefits of vaporizing nicotine as opposed to smoking tobacco and has remained a true partner and supporter of dirt track racing throughout the years.