NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott announced he will make his Chili Bowl Nationals debut in the prestigious midget-car event Jan. 11-16, 2021.
Elliott tweeted his intentions Tuesday evening, featuring a No. 9 car with sponsorship from DiaEdge, a brand of tools from Mitsubishi Materials. The Athletic reported that the move comes with a referral assist from Chase Briscoe, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR and boasts a rich pedigree in dirt-track racing.
— Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) November 25, 2020
Elliott attended the Chili Bowl last year, soaking in the Tulsa Expo Raceway atmosphere for the first time. “Enjoyed the heck out of my first Chili Bowl experience, an amazing event I finally got to see in person,” he tweeted last January. He also offered his congratulations then to first-time winner Kyle Larson, who will be his Cup Series teammate at Hendrick Motorsports next season.
Elliott, 24, secured his first NASCAR Cup Series championship last season. He scored five wins, including a closing two-race streak that included the title-clinching triumph at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 7.
Cup Series drivers have won the Chili Bowl for four consecutive years. Christopher Bell won the multi-day event’s A-Main feature from 2017-19 before Larson’s breakthrough earlier this year.
Bell, Larson and Briscoe joined other NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and JJ Yeley among those on the 2020 Chili Bowl entry list.