TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Rico Abreu charged up from the sixth starting position to pass Chris Windom on the way to winning Wednesday night’s A Main, while fellow Toyota driver J.J. Yeley placed third as each advanced directly to Saturday’s A Main feature event in the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
Abreu started from the sixth position but quicky moved into the top-five in the 25-lap feature event. He advanced from fourth to second before the midway point before taking the lead from Windom. Abreu won all three of his races on the evening after earlier triumphing in both his heat race and his qualifier. A Toyota-powered Keith Kunz Motorsports entry has now won each of the first two nights of qualifying.
Yeley started the race fourth and never dropped out of the top-five, moving up to third late in the race to punch his ticket into Saturday’s A Main.
Three of the four Toyota entries competing on Wednesday qualified for the night’s feature. Austin Brown also advanced to the A Main before a multi-car incident ended his night on Lap 9 in 22nd place.
Tanner Berryhill narrowly missed out on advancing to the A Main tonight after placing sixth in the second B Main with only the top four advancing.
Overall, seven Toyota-powered entries have qualified over the first two nights with three drivers qualifying into Saturday’s A Main.
This year’s Chili Bowl features more than 315 entries, each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s “A Main” feature event. Qualifying continues for each of the next two nights with eight more Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify including 2013 USAC Dirt Midget champion Christopher Bell, 2012 USAC champion Darren Hagen and 2005 Chili Bowl winner Tracy Hines.
You may have watched it on TV. Or read about it in a magazine. But nothing is like actually going to a NHRA drag race. Antron Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel World Champion says, “The power . . . the noise . . . the excitement—you have to see it in person! TV does a good job of covering it, but it’s impossible to put it all on prime time. My Top Fuel dragster goes from 0 to 100 mph in 0.8 of a second—600 feet—you have to see that to believe it!”Find Out More
K&N and TRD teamed up to provide eight lucky fans with the racing experience of a lifetime! The eight lucky finalists won a trip for two to Las Vegas to participate in the 2014 K&N Horsepower Challenge. Each finalist was paired with one of the eight NHRA Pro Stock drivers who qualified for the event. Anne Perkins of Brookings, Oregon, was paired with the winning driver and drove home in a customized 2014 Toyota Tacoma HPC, created by TRD just for this event.Find Out More
In a race of this caliber, the actual race truck has a very extensive support system that includes “chase vehicles” that follow along and carry various parts and supplies in case the race team needs assistance. These vehicles also have to be Baja-tough to survive as a chase vehicle. For this race, Toyota is using a TRD Pro Series.Find Out More