Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Few Chili Bowl Photos

The Tulsa World newspaper actually gave this race some good coverage, and you can still find it at their web page of you hurry. I grabbed a couple photos to share with you.

NASCAR star Kasey Kahne powers into the first turn during his heat race on Friday night in the 22nd annual Dodge Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square. STEPHEN HOLMAN / Tulsa World
Jason Holt of Brownsburg, Ind., sits upside down in his car following a crash during a heat race on Friday night. STEPHEN HOLMAN / Tulsa World

This is from before Jason Holt drove the #8j car on Friday.

Jason Holt and Don O'Keefe Jr. had quite an adventure. Don actually started off running stronger than it would appear in the stats on opening day, but an incident with another racer, who was maybe a little too aggressive, ended what could have been a good effort. Instead of transferring to a better main that night, Don ran the C Main and was done early with mechanical problems in that race.

On Friday, the crew must have thought they were in for more bad stuff. Jason was running strong in his heat, but a tangle with another driver left Jason on his lid in a roll over. Damage wasn't as bad as it could have been, but the crew had to scramble to get it together for one of the Last Chance races. The effort paid off as Jason won his race. Former Antioch Wingless Spec Sprint champion Travis Berryhill was fifth in that race.

Jason managed a ninth place finish in his B Main later that night, which set him up for the front row start he had for Saturday's E Main. As you saw from my previous post, he finished third in that race and sixth in the D Main, missing the C Main and a chance to be on the Pay Per View by a just a few inches. All in all, though, the team had a good showing and can be proud of their efforts.