Sunday, January 10, 2021

Teammates Elliott and Larson Competing in the Chili Bowl

Teammates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson Competing in the Chili Bowl Chase Elliott is joining Hendrick teammate and defending race winner Kyle Larson for the 35th annual Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week.

Teammates Elliott and Kyle Competing in the Chili Bowl

After attending the biggest Midget race last year as a spectator, Chase will get behind the wheel for the first time at the Chili Bowl in a DiaEdge-sponsored #9E Midget car. Chase's Qualifying Night runs are Wednesday and the Championship Features are Saturday.

I really enjoyed this race. I've been a fan of the event for probably like five, six years or so. I've paid pretty close attention to it over the past five, six years. I just think it's a really cool event for one, but not just the Chili Bowl, I think midget racing, dirt racing, sprint car racing, I've really always had a respect for that. I grew up a big Tony Stewart fan, so obviously he kind of wanted me to do that stuff I feel like as a kid. He always kind of was joking with dad about getting me in midget and Quarter Midgets and stuff when I was little. He actually gave me a Quarter Midget when I was little that never got used. So I kind of grew up with a lot of interest in it. Chase Elliott

I think he (Elliott’s maiden voyage behind the wheel of the midget) exceeded everybody's expectations probably. I thought he did really well, extremely smooth. Then you could tell each lap, he was getting more and more comfortable and it was just cool to see. Cool to see somebody you take on a challenge that's way different than I'm sure anything he's ever driven before and to go to the biggest event too, with 300 entries. He'll try his hand at it and get into the main and hopefully he'll battle for Golden Drillers. I've always had a lot of respect for Chase. I've always believed that he's extremely good and for him to, like I said, do something that's challenging and different, it's just awesome. I hope all the fans, I know all of us competitors appreciate it, but I hope all the fans can really appreciate it no matter how his week goes at Tulsa. Kyle Larson

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