Kyle Larson took his second Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals triumph on Saturday night. (Devin Mayo image).
TULSA, Okla.– One year back, Kyle Larson lastly achieved greatness by winning his first Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals title. Saturday night, he converted that greatness into immortality by including a 2nd Golden Driller prize to his résumé.
Larson led every lap of the 35th running of the Super Bowl of Midget Racing, leaving no doubt on his way to back-to-back Chili Bowl triumphes in his own No. 01 MAVTV/JV1 Group King-Toyota.
The Elk Grove, Calif., native jetted to the point on the 2nd effort at the preliminary start, and never ever tracked from there in the 55-lap headliner. He warded off polesitter Justin Grant early and long time competing Christopher Bell late prior to taking the checkered flag in front by 1.246 seconds.
It marked the third time in the last seven years that a driver has published repeat victories in the annual midget racing extravaganza. Larson ( 20- 21) joins Bell ( 17- 19) and Rico Abreu ( 15- 16) because classification.
While Larson didnt take the lead up until well after halfway in his very first Chili Bowl score, he admitted that playing defense for the entire race this year was a tall order.
” I needed to work way harder for that a person,” said Larson, who will go back to full-time NASCAR Cup Series action next month with Hendrick Motorsports, in success lane. “I might feel Grant pushing me pretty much the entire race. There in the middle part, the track really curved up. I wasnt bad then. At the end it built up a huge curb and I was trying to run hard … however when I would run difficult I d slam it (the cushion). , if I ran easy I d get tight against it.. I knew I had to attempt to be smarter and not make enormous errors or I d let him get by when I saw Bell had gotten to 2nd.
” I made a great deal of enormous mistakes during that race.”.
An extended delay for track preparation following the nights twin B Mains suggested that the grand finale didnt take the green flag till 11:21 p.m. CT
. Once underway, however, the feature lived up to its yearly billing.
Grant got the much better of Larson to start the race, but Joe B. Millers flipping No. 49 prior to all cars had actually crossed on the opening lap caused a complete restart and gave Larson a second possibility to capitalize.
Larson didnt squander it, either, sprinting out to a 7 vehicle length lead by the end of the first lap before Brady Bacon got upside down in turn three for the second yellow of the night.
That time, a lap was put into the record book, leaving Larson out front for a single-file restart and giving him a lead he wouldnt give up once again. It didnt imply there werent tries to stop him, nevertheless.
Grants first search for the race lead came after a diamond off the fourth corner that provided the NOS Energy Drink No. 2j an appearance below Larson, however Kyle Cummins slowed with a blowout to force the 3rd caution of the occasion.
A longer green-flag run opened up from that point, with Larson getting into slower traffic and Grant remaining with him, however never finding an opening to complete a move for the top area.
Thomas Meseraulls mechanical issues resulted in a yellow with 29 laps scored, but it wasnt up until a lap-38 reboot– following a Buddy Kofoid event in turns 3 and 4– that things truly warmed up.
Eleventh-starting Tanner Thorson jumped to 4th with a slide task on Cannon McIntosh, while Larson steadily constructed a one-second advantage over Grant before traffic came back into play with 10 to go.
Kyle Larson en path to victory Saturday at Tulsa Expo Raceway. (Brendon Bauman picture) While Larson was battling to lap cars and trucks, Bell was on the hunt and starving for redemption. He surpassed Grant concerning 9 laps left and aspired to get to Larson after being beaten by the No. 01 in 2020.
At the very same time Bell passed Grant, Larson hit the outside berm and all of a sudden it was three cars under a blanket defending the Golden Driller. Grant faded rapidly, however Bell was hot on Larsons tail tank.
Larson tagged the cushion once again on lap 50 and Bell nearly took advantage, but a yellow with four to choose a Blake Hahn spin warded off Bells advance and put Larson in clean track.
Bell tried to run Larson down on the taking place reboot, but entering turn 3 with 2 laps left Bell moved up the race course and tagged the treacherous cushion, turning his iRacing/CB Industries No. 84x and ending his perform at a fourth Chili Bowl success.
That left Larson leading over Grant, who attempted a huge slider on the penultimate reboot of the race but could not clear Larson and stacked up the field behind him as he hit the outdoors berm in turn one.
The accordion effect ultimately caused Tyler Courtney to get upside down and set up one last restart.
Larson hit his marks over the race-ending two-lap dash, pulling away for his second Chili Bowl win over Grant, Thorson, McIntosh and a hard-charging Daryn Pittman, who came from 20th to finish 5th.
Chris Windom, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Sweet, Spencer Bayston and Logan Seavey closed the top 10.
Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic keeping some stalwart teams in your home, 309 cars and trucks still attracted to compete during this years Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
The last World Wide Technology Raceway Flip Count ended at 69, with all drivers able to walk away.
Tulsa Expo Raceway will host the 36th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals from Jan. 10-15, 2022.
RESULTS: 35th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals; Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway; Jan. 16, 2021.
Lucas Oil A Feature (55 laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson ; 2. 2J-Justin Grant ; 3. 08-Tanner Thorson ; 4. 71K-Cannon McIntosh ; 5. 21-Daryn Pittman ; 6. 89-Chris Windom ; 7. 17S-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ; 8. 1R-Brad Sweet ; 9. 1S-Spencer Bayston ; 10. 39-Logan Seavey ; 11. 39B-Cole Bodine ; 12. 25X-Alex Bright ; 13. 27W-Colby Copeland ; 14. 84X-Christopher Bell ; 15. 7C-Tyler Courtney ; 16. 97-Rico Abreu ; 17. 52-Blake Hahn ; 18. 3G-Kyle Cummins ; 19. 67-Michael Kofoid ; 20. 72-Chase Johnson ; 21. 7X-Thomas Meseraull ; 22. 21H-Brady Bacon ; 23. 3N-Jake Neuman ; 24. 49J-Joe B. Miller 
Lap Leader( s): Kyle Larson 1-55.
Tough Charger: # 21– Daryn Pittman (+15 ).
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” I had to work way harder for that one,” stated Larson, who will return to full-time NASCAR Cup Series action next month with Hendrick Motorsports, in victory lane. Kyle Larson en path to success Saturday at Tulsa Expo Raceway. (Brendon Bauman picture) While Larson was fighting to lap automobiles, Bell was on the hunt and hungry for redemption. He got past Grant coming to nine laps left and was eager to get to Larson after being beaten by the No. 01 in 2020.
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