TULSA, Okla. (January 18, 2020) – Chris Windom finished third, while Tucker Klaasmeyer placed fourth to lead Toyota in Friday night’s Vacuworx Qualifying Night at the 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
Starting from the pole, Windom moved to the lead early, leading the first three laps before relinquishing the top spot to Ricky Stenhouse. Behind him, Klaasmeyer moved into the top three.
As the race reached the midway point, Windom re-took the lead on lap 18 from Tanner Thorson using a slide job through turns three and four, but it was short-lived as Thorson retook the lead on the following lap. Ryan Bernal moved up into the mix and it became a three-car shootout to the finish line with slider after slider, but in the end, it was Thorson taking the top spot, followed by Bernal, Windom and Klaasmeyer.
“I think I just jumped to the top a little too early and lost a few spots,” said Windom, who will start from the B Main on Saturday. “I still thought that we had the best car on the longer runs. Chad Boat’s given us some great cars. I wish we could have capitalized and locked it into Saturday’s A Main, but we’ll take a podium.”
Justin Peck would finish eighth, while Andrew Layser was battling for a top-five finish before getting caught up with another car, causing him to flip. He would eventually be scored in 18th.
After five nights of qualifying, Toyota-powered drivers captured five of the 10 direct transfer spots to Saturday’s A Main, with Cannon McIntosh, Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell and Thomas Meseraull all locked into the feature.
In addition, 14 Toyota drivers will start from the B Main on Saturday, with Windom and Klaasmeyer being joined by Peck, Michael Pickens, Zach Daum, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Chase Johnson, Aaron Reutzel, Dillon Welch, David Gravel, Jason McDougal and Tyler Thomas.
Overall, this year’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals features more than 350 entries – each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s “A Main” feature event.
Toyota Friday Results
Chris Windom – 3rd
Tucker Klaasmeyer – 4th
Justin Peck – 8th
Andrew Layser – 18th
Alex Schutte – 7th
Conor Daly – 12th
Toyota Saturday Race Line-up
Car # – Driver – Hometown – Qualified
01 – Kyle Larson – Elk Grove, CA – A Main
1M – Mark Smith – Sunbury, PA – K Main
1NZ – Michael Pickens – Auckland, New Zealand – B Main
1R – Brad Sweet – Grass Valley, CA – D Main
2 – Ryan Hall – Midlothian, TX – D Main
5D – Zach Daum – Pocahontas, IL – B Main
5K – Justin Peck – Monrovia, IN – B Main
5L – Roger Crockett – Broken Arrow, OK – C Main
5T – Kevin Thomas, Jr. – Cullman, AL – B Main
7X – Thomas Meseraull – San Jose, CA – A Main
O8K – Karsyn Elledge – Mooresville, NC – E Main
08M – Joe B. Miller – Millersville, MO – C Main
15A – Harley Hollan – Tulsa, OK – F Main
17R – Alex Schutte – Rohnert Park, CA – F Main
20C – Conor Daily – Indianapolis, IN – H Main
20H – Noah Harris – Broken Arrow, OK – K Main
25 – Jerry Coons, Jr. – Tucson, AZ – C Main
25C – Chase Johnson – Penngrove, CA – B Main
27 – Tucker Klaasmeyer – Paola, KS – B Main
27Z – Zane Hendricks – Stillwater, OK – D Main
35 – Tanner Carrick – Lincoln, CA – J Main
49 – Scott Kreutter – Alden, NY – F Main
52 – Blake Hahn – Sapulpa, OK – B Main
67 – Buddy Kofoid – Penngrove, CA – B Main
67K – Holley Hollan – Tulsa, OK – I Main
71 – Zeb Wise – Angola, IN – E Main
71K – Cannon McIntosh – Bixby, Okla. – A Main
71X – Presley Truedson – Kennedy, MN – I Main
76E – Brady Bacon – Broken Arrow, OK – C Main
76G – David Gravel – Watertown, CT – B Main
76M – Jason McDougal – Broken Arrow, OK – B Main
81X – Dillon Welch – Carmel, IN – B Main
82 – Andrew Layser – Collegeville, PA – D Main
84 – Gio Scelzi – Fresno, CA – C Main
84X – Christopher Bell – Norman, OK – A Main
87 – Aaron Reutzel – Kannapolis, IL – B Main
89 – Chris Windom – Canton, IL – B Main
91A – Chris Andrews – Sandusky, OH – F Main
91B – Tanner Berryhill – Bixby, OK – C Main
91T – Tyler Thomas – Collinsville, OK – B Main
97 – Rico Abreu – St. Helena, Calif. – A Main
97K – Tom Harris – Banbury, Oxford, U.K. – C Main
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