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Boat’s Third Leads Toyota In Friday’s Chili Bowl Feature

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TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 19, 2019) – Chad Boat climbed from eighth to third to lead three Toyota drivers into the top 10 in Friday night’s Vacuworx Qualifying Night feature event at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. Tucker Klaasmeyer finished fifth, while Spencer Bayston placed ninth.

After winning his opening heat race from the eighth starting position, Boat then climbed from sixth to second in his qualifying race only to make a slight error on the penultimate lap that resulted in him spinning and then having to re-start from the back of the field. He climbed back up to sixth, but that result pushed him back to the eighth starting position in Friday’s A Main.

“We had a good Kristine Auction/KC Drywall Spike Toyota tonight,” said Boat, who will start at the front of a B Main on Saturday. “We made one slight mistake in our qualifier going for the lead and I think that’s what ultimately relegated us to a third-place finish tonight. When you’re racing on a track that fast against racers that are as good as they are, you have to start up front. Tonight, we were probably one or two rows too far back. I definitely think we were the fastest car out there over the last 15 laps. We’ll take what we learned tonight and apply it tomorrow in the B Main and make sure that we finish our job and put it in the show. Then we’ll go after it in the A Main and have a good 55 laps.”

Klaasmeyer’s fifth-place finish will give him a spot in tomorrow’s B Mains. Bayston may have registered the drive of the night after starting from the 24th starting position and climbing all the way to ninth. After an incident ended his heat race prematurely, Bayston was forced to start the night in the back of the C Main. He then raced into the B and then followed with another impressive run into the feature. Between the A, B and C Mains, Bayston passed 34 cars on the night.

Toyota Chili Bowl Notes:

  •  Toyota drivers won four of this year’s five preliminary night feature events at the Chili Bowl.
  •  Seven of the 10 drivers who advanced directly to Saturday’s feature were Toyota-powered. In addition, five Toyota drivers will begin from the B Mains.
  •  The Toyota driver line-up for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals includes three Chili Bowl champions and nine drivers that have previously won open-wheel national championships. The list includes two-time defending champion Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu (2015 and 2016 Chili Bowl champ), reigning national midget car champs Logan Seavey (USAC) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (POWRi), three-time POWRi champion Zach Daum, 2017 USAC midget champion Spencer Bayston, USAC Triple Crown champions J.J. Yeley (the 2005 Chili Bowl winner) and Jerry Coons, as well two-time USAC Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon.
  •  Twelve of the 38 Toyota drivers won at least one national midget feature event in 2018. chili bowl

    Toyota Friday Results

    Finished

    84X Chad Boat

    A Main – 3rd

    27 Tucker Klaasmeyer

    A Main – 5th

    97K Spencer Bayston

    A Main – 9th

    2G Steve Buckwalter

    A Main – 19th

    1S A.J. Flick

    B Main – 16th

    5S Jimmy Elledge

    C Main – 11th

     Toyota Powered Drivers Saturday Qualifying Positions   

    Car #

    Driver

    Hometown

     

    01

    Kyle Larson

    Elk Grove, CA

    A Main

    5D

    Zach Daum

    Pocahontas, IL

    A Main

    67

    Logan Seavey

    Sutter, CA

    A Main

    97

    Rico Abreu

    Rutherford, CA

    A Main

    71W

    Christopher Bell

    Norman, OK

    A Main

    76G

    David Gravel

    Watertown, CT

    A Main

    76M

    Brady Bacon

    Broken Arrow, OK

    A Main

    84X

    Chad Boat

    Phoenix, AZ

    B Main

    27

    Tucker Klaasmeyer

    Paola, KS

    B Main

    08

    Cannon McIntosh

    Broken Arrow, OK

    B Main

    87

    Colby Copeland

    Roseville, CA

    B Main

    71

    Jesse Colwell

    Cottonwood, CA

    B Main

    89

    Tanner Berryhill

    Bixby, OK

    C Main

    97K

    Spencer Bayston

    Lebanon, IN

    C Main

    2G

    Steve Buckwalter

    Royersford, PA

    D Main

    9X

    Paul Nienhiser

    Chapin, IL

    C Main

    52

    Blake Hahn

    Sapulpa, OK

    C Main

    67K

    Holley Hollan

    Tulsa, OK

    D Main

    71K

    Tanner Carrick

    Lincoln, CA

    D Main

    25

    Jerry Coons Jr. 

    Tucson, AZ

    D Main

    5P

    Kyle Craker

    Lewisberry, PA

    E Main

    15M

    Jason McDougal

    Broken Arrow, OK

    E Main

    91T

    Tyler Thomas

    Collinsville, OK

    E Main

    91W

    Hayden Williams

    Auckland, NZ

    E Main

    5R

    Ryan Foster

    Anderson, CA

    F Main

    1L

    Landon Simon

    Brownsburg, IN

    F Main

    72K

    Sam Johnson

    St. Peters, MO

    F Main

    56X

    Mark Chisholm

    Cheyenne, WY

    G Main

    71X

    McKenna Haase

    Des Moines, IA

    H Main

    83

    Karsyn Elledge

    Mooresville, NC

    H Main

    35

    Sterling Cling

    Tempe, AZ

    H Main

    13M

    Dennis Gile

    Glendale, AZ

    I Main

    91A

    Chris Andrews

    Sandusky, OH

    I Main

    1S

    A.J. Flick

    Apollo, PA

    J Main

    5T

    Presley Truedson

    Kennedy, MN

    M Main

    5S

    Jimmy Elledge

    Mooresville, NC

    N Main

    2J

    J.J. Yeley

    Charlotte, NC

    O Main

    27Z

    Zane Hendricks

    Stillwater, OK

    O Main

    ToyotaRacing.com

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