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2009 Chili Bowl in Tulsa, OK
David Budres celebrates with car owner Fred Teer and crew
David Budres celebrates with car owner Fred Teer and crew
January 2nd 2009 - About the Chili Bowl...

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. Two weeks after Christmas, the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals arrives like a gift from Santa Claus. In the Oklahoma metropolis of Tulsa, "Santa" is Emmett Hahn and Lanny Edwards, organizers of the four-night race meet since its 1987 inception.

As winter establishes its grip over much of the nation just in time for the holidays, the tension continues to mount as the kickoff of the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is just three weeks away. And with a staggering 281 entries from 29 different states as well as Canada already filed for the event set for January 13-17, 2009, at the QuikTrip Center's Tulsa Expo Raceway, the qualifying night assignments have been determined.

The stellar field, including eight past Chili Bowl champions and numerous track and series champions from throughout the country, has been quartered and distributed among the four Qualifying nights running from Tuesday through Friday. The top three finishers from each night's main event will be locked into the Saturday night, January 17, 50-lap Chili Bowl championship main event with the balance of Saturday's feature lineups determined by qualifying night finishing positions.
For the 2009 races, there are four drivers registered from the Badger State, as of 1-2-09:

Brandon Waelti, (Car# 3w) and Chad DeSelle, (Car #94), both of Sun Prairie, WI. Wayne Modjeski, (Car #5m) of Oak Creek, WI, and David Budres, (Car #31d) hails from Beloit, WI.

Good Luck Wisconsin Drivers from!

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Photo with this story is from Grundy Speedway in Morris, IL. photo by Phil Rider, Sept. 2008
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