When NASCAR drivers will qualify for Chili Bowl Nationals, event format
Next week will bring the 34th Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which sees multiple NASCAR drivers among the roughly 345 entires for the event that runs from Jan. 13 -18.
The Chili Bowl has announced which night each driver is scheduled to participate in qualifying races.
Over the course of five nights, the top-two finishers from each A feature will lock themselves into Saturday’s 55-lap race.
Each night of qualifying races begins at 6 p.m. ET.
Here’s when the NASCAR drivers will qualify.
Monday, Jan. 13 – Cummins Qualifying Night
Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Warren CAT Qualifying Night
NBC Sports reporter Dillon Welch
Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Hard Rock Casino Qualifying Night
Thursday, Jan. 16 – John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night
Friday, Jan. 17 – Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
IndyCar driver Conor Daly
IndyCar and former Xfinity Series driver James Davison
Here is the event format for the Chili Bowl:
- Advancement from heat races to features is based upon passing points earned in heat race and qualifying races. Passing points are based upon car starting position when the yellow light goes out prior to the initial start of the heat or qualifying race.
- The 40 drivers earning the most passing points advance to four “A” qualifying races; drivers in passing points positions 41-68 will go to two C Main races. The two C Main races will have 16 cars, 12 laps in length.
- The top four cars in each C Main race will advance to the back of the B Main races, going 15 laps. (Top four from first C Main to back of first B Main, top four from second C Main to back of second B main)
- The lineup of each “A” Qualifying race will include an inversion of six cars. The top 24 cars in passing points will make the inversion. (The top point driver will start on row three of the first qualifying race, the No. 2 driver on row 3 of the second qualifying race, etc.)
- The four qualifying races will have 10 cars each with the top 16 in combined passing points from the heats and qualifying races advancing to the A Main.
- The balance of the cars (24) from the “A” qualifying races will advance to two 16 car B Mains. The top four in each B Main will advance to the A Main, going 30 laps.
- There will be 24 drivers in each preliminary night A feature
- The top two drivers in the preliminary A qualify for Saturday’s A Main.