Over the span of six days and nights at Tulsa’s Expo Square in Oklahoma, the 36th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will crown a new champion of what’s known as the Super Bowl of midget car racing.
The question is whether that champion will be a NASCAR national series regular, as has been the case over the last five years.
NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have combined to win the last five Chili Bowl A-Main features, with the 2021 Cup champion taking the last two and Bell winning three in a row from 2017-19.
Both are entered in the Chili Bowl again in 2022, as are several more drivers from NASCAR’s national series.
Below are the NASCAR drivers competing in the 2022 Chili Bowl and their scheduled qualifying nights.
- Alex Bowman (Monday, Jan. 10)
- Chase Briscoe (Monday, Jan. 10)
- Chase Elliott (Monday, Jan. 10)
- Kyle Larson (Tuesday, Jan. 11)
- Jesse Little (Tuesday, Jan. 11)
- Tanner Berryhill (Wednesday, Jan. 12)
- Carson Hocevar (Wednesday, Jan. 12)
- Christopher Bell (Thursday, Jan. 13)
- Ryan Newman (Friday, Jan. 14)
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Friday, Jan. 14)
- Ryan Ellis (Friday, Jan. 14)
Below are the night-by-night results for all of the NASCAR drivers competing in the 2022 Chili Bowl. Qualifying nights are scheduled for Jan. 10-14, with the championship events scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15.
Monday, Jan. 10
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- Alex Bowman
Bowman began Monday night with a fourth-place finish in his eight-lap heat race, finishing behind Trey Marcham, Alex Sewell and Cole Bodine. He then won his 10-lap qualifying race, Qualifier 4, a triumph that placed him in the evening’s A-Feature.
Bowman finished ninth in the A-Feature to close the night. On Saturday, he will race in a C-Main in an attempt to reach the main event.
- Chase Briscoe
Briscoe’s night got off to a good start, as he finished second to Tyler Courtney in his eight-lap heat race before winning Qualifier 1. He found some trouble in the night’s A-Feature, though, and slipped to an 11th-place finish.
That result places Briscoe in a C-Main on Saturday night. From there, he will try to place his way into the B-Main and A-Main.
- Chase Elliott
Elliott began the evening with a bang, as he won his eight-lap heat race from the pole. He then placed fifth in Qualifier 3, and he came home eighth in the first of two B-Features. He also finished ninth in the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions, an impressive run for a driver with such little experience on dirt.
Elliott will race again Saturday in an F Main.
- Kyle Larson
Larson did not compete in a qualifying race Monday night, but he did run in the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions. Larson qualified second for the race but started seventh after the top eight qualifiers were inverted. He roared all the way back to second, but Justin Grant held him off for the win. Larson’s Chili Bowl qualifying night is scheduled for Tuesday.
- Christopher Bell
Bell also competed in Monday night’s Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions. He finished third behind Larson after starting 11th. Bell’s qualifying race for the Chili Bowl is scheduled for Thursday.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
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- Kyle Larson
As expected, the defending Chili Bowl champ was strong on his qualifying night Tuesday. Larson finished second to Chris Windom in his eight-lap heat race after starting sixth. He then won Qualifier 4, again after starting sixth.
Larson started on the pole for the evening’s preliminary A Feature, and he led much of the race until Michael Kofoid stole the victory. Larson will race again in Saturday’s A-Main.
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- Jesse Little
Making his Chili Bowl debut, Little finished eighth in his heat race. He then finished 10th in the evening’s C Feature.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
- Tanner Berryhill
Berryhill finished sixth in his eight-lap heat race Wednesday night. He then finished fourth behind Jason McDougal, Colby Copeland and Villy VanInwegen in Qualifier 1, enough to get him in the evening’s A-Feature.
Berryhill finished 19th in the A-Feature on Wednesday.
- Carson Hocevar
Hocevar’s Chili Bowl debut came with a strong start, as he finished second to RJ Johnson in his eight-lap heat race. Hocevar then finished eighth in Qualifier 4, enough to get him into the night’s B-Feature.
Hocevar did not start the B-Feature and was credited with a 16th-place finish.