Ranking the Contenders for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

Don’t count out Logan Seavey, even after a frustrating Thursday preliminary night, that was salved with a sixth place in the feature. He will start his B from 10th but the resume suggests he’ll represent the SpeedLab well in the A. He finished fourth in the feature last year with finishes of ninth and 14th in the years before that. Seavey shows up in Tulsa.

Tanner Thorson wowed the Tulsa Expo Center on Friday when he drove from a C-Main to the A-Main. He finished fourth in the main and will start the B-1 from fourth. He was a top-five favorite entering the week but his Friday heat crash derailed the favorite label … for now.

If Stenhouse driver like he did on Friday, advancing from the C-Main in his preliminary to third in his A-Main, he can absolutely win the Chili Bowl with the right breaks in the 55-lap feature. He starts first in the B-Main.

The Justin Grant we saw on Friday night in his preliminary could absolutely win the Chili Bowl. He looked Bell like in deep traffic and able to put his car anywhere it wanted to go. He drew the top seed for the pill draw meaning he’s got a great shot at pole and controlling the race, too.

This will be the fifth time ‘Sunshine’ has chased the Golden Driller with the Clauson Marshall dream team and he’s operating at peak form this week with a main lock-in and the sixth seed in the pole shuffle.

Seven wins in POWRi and three in USAC. Pay attention to Buddy Kofoid if you weren’t already. Christopher Bell heaped praise upon Michael last year by saying, “this guy is the next me.” High praise.

This is the best Rico Abreu has looked since he won the Chili Bowl in back-to-back years in 2015-16. Bell and Larson are clearly 1a and 1b, but the three Kunz aces have to lead that next tier.

The defending winner won his preliminary night on Tuesday but was unhappy with the track conditions. As a result, he isn’t sure what he has for Saturday, but there’s no reason to think he won run near the front for the third year in a row.

The three-time winner won his second straight Race of Champions and then his Thursday preliminary night. He says his car is just as good as it was last year when he nearly won a fourth consecutive Golden Driller. He is surely the universal favorite.

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