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Chase Elliott has a ‘blast’ in Chili Bowl debut

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Chase Elliott didn’t advance to the A-main Wednesday night at the Chili Bowl Nationals, but the reigning Cup champion said he “had a blast” racing a midget car on the dirt.

Former NASCAR Truck Series driver Rico Abreu won Wednesday’s A-main. Alex Bright was second.

Elliott was among a number of drivers with NASCAR connections who raced Wednesday night. The Chili Bowl Nationals goes through Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Elliott, competing in his first Chili Bowl Nationals, finished fourth in his heat race and placed seventh in his qualifying race. He finished eighth in his B-main and did not advance to the A-main. Elliott was running fifth in the B-main when he spun after contact with another car. He had to restart at the back of the 16-car field and claimed eight spots before the checkered flag waved.

Elliott will compete again on Saturday in the F-main, a precursor to the E-, D-, C-, B- and A-mains.

Ryan Newman also raced Wednesday. He was sixth in his heat and placed second in the C-main to advance to the B-main. Newman finished eighth in the B-main and did not advance to the A-main.

Brett Moffitt finished 18th in the A-main Wednesday. He was second in his heat race and seventh in his qualifying race. Moffitt placed fourth in the B-main, earning the last transfer spot to the A-main. It was a nice recovery after he flipped in hot laps before the races.

Jake Swanson, driving a midget owned by Alex Bowman, finished seventh in the A-main. ARCA Menards Seres West driver Gio Scelzi was 10th in the A-main.

Here’s when other drivers with NASCAR connections are scheduled to compete this week in the Chili Bowl: