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Chili Bowl nearing record number of entries

The 2022 Chili Bowl lineup boasts more than 360 entries including at least a dozen drivers with current or former attachments to IndyCar and NASCAR. In 2021, the car count was near 300 entries despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven former champions and 80 rookies contribute to the lineup.

The last seven editions of this race have been won by drivers who currently or formerly drove in one of NASCAR’s top-three divisions, including the reigning 2021 Cup champion.

Rico Abreu, who ran full-time in Camping World Truck Series won the event in 2015/2016, Christopher Bell three consecutive races from 2017 through 2019, while Kyle Larson is the two-time defending champion of the event.

Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Kasey Kahne and JJ Yeley are other notable drivers with NASCAR connections who will attempt to work their way up the ladder to compete in the A Main.

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The Chili Bowl runs January 10-15, 2022 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway – quarter-mile clay oval inside the SageNet Center at Tulsa’s Expo Square.