NASCAR tracks offer some very interesting trophies to race winners and some of them are coveted and cherished items like the Grandfather clock in Martinsville , the guitar in Nashville (Xfinity Series), and the six shooters in Texas. But the annual Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma also offers a trophy that is coveted by all who participate in the races – the golden driller.
NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year contender Christopher Bell has three of the coveted awards and was looking for a fourth win and trophy when the dirt Midget race ended a week of racing on January 18 with the 55 lap main race.
Last year, Bell passed fellow NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson to take his third win; this year Larson was looking for pay back.
Larson noted that it would take a perfect race to beat Bell…and he did.
After starting in second place, Christopher Bell took the lead on lap 39 after a caution and held on to the lead to beat out Bell and take home a golden driller of his own. This was Larson’s first win in 13 tries at the annual Chili Bowl that began back in 1987.
Cannon McIntosh, Logan Seavey, and Rico Abreu rounded out the top five.
A dirt Midget race, the Chili Bowl brings drivers from a variety of racing series to compete in the week long event that features several heat races before the main race on Saturday night.
NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse Jr,
Ryan Newman, Chase Briscoe, Alex Bowman, and race enthusiast and NASCAR reporter Dillon Welch all competed in the 2020 Chili Bowl.
Feature photo credit: By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10596556