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Several NASCAR drivers still hope to make Chili Bowl title race tonight, fans fight ice storm

Chili Bowl

The final rounds of the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals takes place today and this evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The main event will be the A-Main, scheduled to take the green flag at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.

Of several NASCAR drivers who hope to still advance to the 24-driver main event, only one – Christopher Bell – is locked in.

Other NASCAR drivers still hoping to race their way into the A-Main via several other qualifying events are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., J.J. Yeley, Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson and K&N Pro Series driver Chase Briscoe.

Also, if he fails to transfer into the A-Main via qualifying races, two-time defending champion Rico Abreu may still have a chance to go for three Chili Bowl titles in a row if he is given a defending champion’s provisional.

Including Bell, 12 drivers are locked into the A-Main. Justin Grant, who won Friday’s main round, will sit on the pole. Others also qualified for the big race are Tyler Courtney, Jake Swanson, Larry Wight, Ronnie Gardner, Zach Daum, Tanner Berryhill, Danny Stratton, Daryn Pittman, C.J. Leary and Colby Copeland.

The other 12 spots in the championship race will be determined through the finishes of the other undercard qualifying races Saturday.

Although the race is held indoors in the Tulsa Expo Raceway, spectators could have a difficult time getting there due to an Ice Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service across northeast Oklahoma, which remains in effect until Sunday morning.

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