First Round of 2016 Chili Bowl Entries Unveiled

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Tracy Hines is set to chase another Chili Bowl crown. (David Hill Photo)

(Special to Bryan Hulbert)

As Andy Williams sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but let’s face it; were not talking about Christmas. Almost as anticipated as the first night of racing is the first glimpse at the roster of Golden Driller hopefuls.

Taking place January 12-16, 2016 inside the River Spirit Expo Center the list for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire unveils at 144 entries with a 10 still seeking a driver for hire.

Of the 132 confirmed drivers that make up the early list, 31 enter as Chili Bowl Rookies with another 13 drivers having made the cut on Saturday night.

Tracy Hines, currently leads the A-Feature count at 13. Piloting the Bob Parker / Toyota No. 24, Hines will also oversee three other drivers during the Chili Bowl with Nick Drake, Chase Briscoe, and Mark Lowrey under the stewardship of the 2005 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Champion.
Keeping in line with Indiana drivers, second in A-Feature count on a still early list of contenders is Shane Cottle. A best finish of runner-up in his first attempt in 2000, “The Throttle” is scheduled to pilot the Kenneth Love No. 71x.

A trio with five feature starts, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman will again wheel the family owned No. 21. Notching A-Feature start No. 5 in 2015, Arizona’s Casey Shuman looks to make the show again; this time in the No. 32B for Brian Dunlap. Also with five is Pennsylvania’s Steve Buckwalter who last made the call in 2011.

Skipping four and three, drivers with a pair of A-Feature appearances include Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon who is slated to jump behind the wheel of the Frank Manafort/Brad Noffsinger No. 76m. Chris “Critter” Malone will be in the Seven, LLC No. 7CH. with Don Droud, Jr. looking to put the Skip Smith Motorsports No. 44 in the show on Saturday night.

Drivers entered who are in search of that second Saturday A-Feature include Kevin Ramey, Tony Roney, Andrew Felker, Andrew Deal, and Shane Hollingsworth.

While some are far from Rookies, the 2016 first timer field stands at 31. One of the most inspirational stories in the Rookie class is Indiana’s Eric Saunders.

Paralyzed from the chest down following a Motocross accident just prior to turning 18, that hasn’t stopped the now 23 year old driver from pursuing his goals. It was with the help of Tony Stewart in 2012 that Saunders began racing Micros at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana. Utilizing hand controls, Saunders finally found victory in 2014. Along with the Chili Bowl, Eric will get time on the Tulsa Expo Raceway at the 31st Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout, happening December 30, 2015 through January 2, 2016.

To keep on the full list of entries, log onto http://www.chilibowl.com.

30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Driver Entry List (as of 12/4/2015)
* GO – Kip Hughes (Enid, Oklahoma)
* 0 – Johnny Murdock (Kaufman, Texas)
* 00 – Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Indiana)
* 0K – Don O’Keefe, Jr. (Pittsboro, Indiana)
* 0T – Tyler Brehm (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
* 1A – Kevin Ramey (Ft. Worth, Texas)
* 1T – Tony Roney (Herculaneum, Missouri)
* 1P – Terry Nichols (Delano, California)
* 2 – Ryan Hall (Midlothian, Texas)
* 2A – C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Indiana)
* 2J – Zach Blurton (Great Bend, Kansas)
* 2K – Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas)
* 2ND – Jeb Sessums (Burleson, Texas)
* 2W – Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kansas)
* 2X – TBA
* 3F – TBA
* 3M – Brent Rees (Arvada, Colorado)
* 3T – Tim Barber (Sonoma, California)
* 4C – Robert Sellers (Mustang, Oklahoma)
* 4D – Chad Dyer (Edmond, Oklahoma)
* 4H – Tom Harris (Banbury, OXF)
* 4J – Tim Crawley (Benton, Arkansas)
* 4M – J.J. Ercse (Lakewood, California)
* 5$ – Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Oklahoma)
* 5b – Bobby Brewer (Cabot, Arkansas)
* 5C – Colten Cottle (Kansas, Illinois)
* 5X – Justin Peck (Monrovia, Indiana)
* 6M – Pat McVicker (Woodward, Oklahoma)
* 7 – Shannon McQueen (Tehachapi, California)
* 7CH – Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Indiana)
* 7CM – Chance Morton (Coweta, Oklahoma)
* 7D – Michelle Decker (Guthrie, Oklahoma)
* 7E – Cory Eliason (Fresno, California)
* 7F – TBA
* 7J – Shawn Jackson (Bear, Delaware)
* 7JR – J.D. Black (Grain Valley, Missouri)
* 7S – Pat Schudy (Springfield, Missouri)
* 7SS – Wade Seiler (Alton, Illinois)
* 7W – Kory Schudy (Springfield, Missouri)
* 7X – Brian Petersen (Mukwonago, Wisconsin)
* 8 – Alex Sewell (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 8M – Kade Morton (Coweta, Oklahoma)
* 8R – Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California)
* 9$ – Kyle Clark (Sapulpa, Oklahoma)
* 9D – Sean Dodenhoff (Reno, Nevada)
* 9E – Rick Shuman (Queen Creek, Arizona)
* 9H – Holly Porter (Delhi, Ont.)
* 9M – Cory Mallo (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
* 9U – Doug McCune (Ft. Worth, Texas)
* 10K – TBA
* 11 – Justin Melton (Flower Mound, Texas)
* 11A – Andrew Felker (Carl Junction, Missouri)
* 11C – Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 11E – Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California)
* 11H – Chase Hill (Redding, California)
* 11S – Sean Watts (Atwater, California)
* 12 – Chris Sheil (Aurora, Colorado)
* 13 – Derek Hagar (Marion, Arkansas)
* 14 – Trevor Kobylarz (Birdsboro, Pennsylvania)
* 14B – David McIntosh (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 14E – TBA
* 14S – TBA
* 15 – Tim Siner (Dupo, Illinois)
* 15D – Andrew Deal (Caney, Kansas)
* 17E – Blake Edwards (Claremore, Oklahoma)
* 17H – Harli White (Lindsay, Oklahoma)
* 19 – Jake Bubak (Arvada, Colorado)
* 19W – Matt Streeter (Galt, California)
* 20 – Tadd Holliman (Murray, Nebraska)
* 20X – Noah Harris (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 21 – Daryn Pittman (Owasso, Oklahoma)
* 21A – Taylor Courtney (Lillian, Texas)
* 21M – Michele Melton (Flower Mound, Texas)
* 22D – David Stephenson (Porter, Oklahoma)
* 22E – Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 23 – Hannah Adair (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
* 24 – Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, Indiana)
* 24F – Hunter Fischer (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
* 25 – Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pennsylvania)
* 26 – Dustin Golobic (Fremont, California)
* 27T – Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kansas)
* 29 – Garrett Saunders (Lakeville, Indiana)
* 29S – Anthony Nocella (Marlborough, Massachusetts)
* 30T – Larry Bratti (Springdale, Arkansas)
* 32 – Casey Shuman (Rattlesnake Bend, Arizona)
* 32A – Garrett Aitken (Paris, Illinois)
* 32D – Danny Jennings (Norman, Oklahoma)
* 35B – T.J. Smith (Fresno, California)
* 35F – Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California)
* 35M – Matt Sherrell (Owasso, Oklahoma)
* 35MF – Mitchell Faccinto (Hanford, California)
* 35S – TBA
* 35T – Tyler Robbins (Collinsville, Illinois)
* 35W – Nate Wait (Lodi, California)
* 38 – Justin Grant (Ione, California)
* 41P – Austin Prock (Avon, Indiana)
* 43 – Logan Arnold (Franklin, Indiana)
* 44 – Don Droud, Jr. (Lincoln, Nebraska)
* 44D – Phillip Dietz (Lake Ozark, Missouri)
* 44X – Wesley Smith (Nixa, Missouri)
* 46 – Kenney Johnson (Bethany, Connecticut)
* 50LP – Mike Sosebee (Lenexa, Kansas)
* 51JR – Ryan Jamison (Mediapolis, Iowa)
* 51S – Logan Scherb (Decatur, Texas)
* 55D – Nick Drake (Mooresville, North Carolina)
* 55X – Alex Bowman (Cornelius, North Carolina)
* 56X – Mark Chisholm (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
* 56Y – Kass Cornella (Douglas, Wyoming)
* 56Z – TBA
* 57 – Tyler Seavey (Sutter, California)
* 62 – Taylor Simas (Santa Rosa, California)
* 71X – Shane Cottle (Kokomo, Indiana)
* 73 – Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 75 – Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
* 75L – Lee Dakus (Edmonton, Alberta, Can)
* 75X – TBA
* 76 – Brad Noffsinger (Concord, North Carolina)
* 76M – Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 76Z – Zane Lawrence (Lillian, Texas)
* 78 – Nick Wean (Phillipsburg, New Jersey)
* 81 – Jerry Hammock (Ennis, Texas)
* 81B – TBA
* 83 – Kurt Blackaby (Bentonville, Arkansas)
* 84 – Shaun Shapel (Wichita, Kansas)
* 85 – Matt Johnson (Edmond, Oklahoma)
* 85H – Shane Hollingsworth (Lafayette, Indiana)
* 86 – Mark Lowrey (Concord, North Carolina)
* 87F – Brian McClelland (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 88 – Chad Wheeler (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
* 88N – D.J. Netto (Hanford, California)
* 89JR – Todd McVay (Blue Springs, Missouri)
* 91 – Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Kansas)
* 91A – Chris Andrews (Sandusky, Ohio)
* 91K – Kevin Bayer (Bixby, Oklahoma)
* 91N – Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio)
* 91T – Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Oklahoma)
* 93 – Dustin Morgan (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
* 93K – Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Missouri)
* 96 – Cody Brewer (Choctaw, Oklahoma)
* 98 – Jarid Blondel (Orange, California)
* 98D – Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Missouri)
* 99 – Kevin Chaffee (Bradford, Vermont)
* 118 – Scott Evans (Keller, Texas)
* 349 – Eric Saunders (Lakeville, Indiana)

List of drivers with sponsors can be found at http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx
Any team wishing to enter can do so via phone, fax, or mail. Entry blanks are available for download online at http://www.chilibowl.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=72453.

Completed entry forms can be sent back to the Chili Bowl offices via Mail to:
Chili Bowl Nationals
1141 S. 83rd East Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74112

Entries may also be Faxed to (918) 836-5517 or enter by phone to (918) 838-3777. All entries must be returned with completed 1099 information in order to be accepted.

Entries received before December 18, 2015 will be charged $150 per car. Any entry received after December 18, 2015 will be considered late and will be charged $200 per car.

Any driver wishing to participate must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Any driver in question will be required to present a copy of their Birth Certificate before their entry will be accepted.
Teams can request qualifying nights. We will do our best to accommodate, but no guarantees are made that your request will be fulfilled.

For questions regarding entries, please contact Bryan Hulbert at (918) 838-3777. For questions regarding Parking, as well as event procedure and rulings, please contact Matt Ward at (918) 995-1650.

About the author

Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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