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Chili Bowl results: How NASCAR drivers finished at 2022 Nationals in Tulsa

Over the span of six days and nights at Tulsa’s Expo Square in Oklahoma, the 36th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will crown a new champion of what’s known as the Super Bowl of midget car racing.

The question is whether that champion will be a NASCAR national series regular, as has been the case over the last five years.

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NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have combined to win the last five Chili Bowl A-Main features, with the 2021 Cup champion taking the last two and Bell winning three in a row from 2017-19.

Both are entered in the Chili Bowl again in 2022, as are several more drivers from NASCAR’s national series.

Below are the NASCAR drivers competing in the 2022 Chili Bowl and their scheduled qualifying nights.

  • Alex Bowman (Monday, Jan. 10)
  • Chase Briscoe (Monday, Jan. 10)
  • Chase Elliott (Monday, Jan. 10)
  • Kyle Larson (Tuesday, Jan. 11)
  • Jesse Little (Tuesday, Jan. 11)
  • Tanner Berryhill (Wednesday, Jan. 12)
  • Carson Hocevar (Wednesday, Jan. 12)
  • Christopher Bell (Thursday, Jan. 13)
  • Ryan Newman (Friday, Jan. 14)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Friday, Jan. 14)
  • Ryan Ellis (Friday, Jan. 14)

Below are the night-by-night results for all of the NASCAR drivers competing in the 2022 Chili Bowl. Qualifying nights are scheduled for Jan. 10-14, with the championship events scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15.

Monday, Jan. 10

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  • Alex Bowman

Bowman began Monday night with a fourth-place finish in his eight-lap heat race, finishing behind Trey Marcham, Alex Sewell and Cole Bodine. He then won his 10-lap qualifying race, Qualifier 4, a triumph that placed him in the evening’s A-Feature.

Bowman finished ninth in the A-Feature to close the night. On Saturday, he will race in a C-Main in an attempt to reach the main event.

  • Chase Briscoe

Briscoe’s night got off to a good start, as he finished second to Tyler Courtney in his eight-lap heat race before winning Qualifier 1. He found some trouble in the night’s A-Feature, though, and slipped to an 11th-place finish.

That result places Briscoe in a C-Main on Saturday night. From there, he will try to place his way into the B-Main and A-Main.

  • Chase Elliott

Elliott began the evening with a bang, as he won his eight-lap heat race from the pole. He then placed fifth in Qualifier 3, and he came home eighth in the first of two B-Features. He also finished ninth in the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions, an impressive run for a driver with such little experience on dirt.

Elliott will race again Saturday in an F Main.

  • Kyle Larson

Larson did not compete in a qualifying race Monday night, but he did run in the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions. Larson qualified second for the race but started seventh after the top eight qualifiers were inverted. He roared all the way back to second, but Justin Grant held him off for the win. Larson’s Chili Bowl qualifying night is scheduled for Tuesday.

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  • Christopher Bell

Bell also competed in Monday night’s Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions. He finished third behind Larson after starting 11th. Bell’s qualifying race for the Chili Bowl is scheduled for Thursday.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

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  • Kyle Larson

As expected, the defending Chili Bowl champ was strong on his qualifying night Tuesday. Larson finished second to Chris Windom in his eight-lap heat race after starting sixth. He then won Qualifier 4, again after starting sixth.

Larson started on the pole for the evening’s preliminary A Feature, and he led much of the race until Michael Kofoid stole the victory. Larson will race again in Saturday’s A-Main.

  • Jesse Little

Making his Chili Bowl debut, Little finished eighth in his heat race. He then finished 10th in the evening’s C Feature.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

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  • Tanner Berryhill

Berryhill finished sixth in his eight-lap heat race Wednesday night. He then finished fourth behind Jason McDougal, Colby Copeland and Villy VanInwegen in Qualifier 1, enough to get him in the evening’s A-Feature.

Berryhill finished 19th in the A-Feature on Wednesday.

  • Carson Hocevar

Hocevar’s Chili Bowl debut came with a strong start, as he finished second to RJ Johnson in his eight-lap heat race. Hocevar then finished eighth in Qualifier 4, enough to get him into the night’s B-Feature.

Hocevar did not start the B-Feature and was credited with a 16th-place finish.

Thursday, Jan. 13

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  • Christopher Bell

Bell’s qualifying night began with a relatively easy victory in his eight-lap heat race. He started sixth in his qualifier, which would not have been a problem had he not been held up by slower cars on his way to the front. Bell was frustrated to finish second in that qualifier, but it allowed him to start fourth in the Preliminary A feature.

To nobody’s surprise, Bell won the evening’s feature, though he had to fight for it. The victory marked his eighth preliminary night feature win at the Chili Bowl, tied for the most in the event’s history. He will race again in Saturday’s main event, looking for his fourth victory in six years.

Friday, Jan. 14

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  • Ryan Newman

Newman’s third Chili Bowl got off to a strong start in his heat race. He finished third after starting ninth and picked up some key passing points in the process. That set him up to finish fifth in his qualifier.

Newman both started and finished 13th in the night’s A Feature, an improvement from his previous high in a preliminary feature (21st in 2020). He is slotted in the C-Main on Saturday.

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

No stranger to the Chili Bowl, Stenhouse was among the drivers to beat Friday night. He won his heat race in a photo finish over former NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne, and he finished fourth in his qualifier.

That put Stenhouse on the pole for the evening’s A Feature, and he battled for the lead with Justin Grant and Sam Johnson for the majority of the race before Grant ultimately took the checkered flag. Still, Stenhouse’s second-place run locked him in to Saturday’s A-Main.

  • Ryan Ellis

Ellis finished sixth in his eight-lap heat race. That placed him in one of the evening’s C Features, and he finished ninth again to end the night.

Saturday, Jan. 15

  • Christopher Bell

He came so close to his fourth Golden Driller trophy. Bell started on the pole for the main event Saturday night and led most of the race before Tanner Thorson got around him with a slide job on Lap 36.

That would prove to be the winning pass, as Thorson held off Bell through a handful of late restarts to win his first Chili Bowl. Bell finished second for the second time in three years.

  • Kyle Larson

Larson struggled all week to find the speed he carried to his pair of Chili Bowl wins, and Saturday was no different. He started seventh in the main event, but he was only able to gain one position throughout the 55-lap feature. He finished sixth.

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Stenhouse for the second straight year finished the Chili Bowl with a top-10 run in the main event. He started 10th in the A-Main and finished ninth, just shy of his career high (seventh last year).

  • Chase Elliott

Elliott’s eighth-place run in his preliminary feature race slotted him into the F-Feature in Saturday’s championship day, where he would climb from his car after a frightening flip uninjured, but with a 19th-place finish.

  • Alex Bowman

Bowman fell a few spots short of qualifying for the A-Main on Saturday. He finished second in his C-Feature race Saturday, which put his No. 55X car into the B-Features with a shot at making the championship race in sight. Bowman would finish 11th in his B-Feature after starting 17th, a strong run-up but not enough to earn one of the seven transfer spots.

  • Ryan Newman

Newman’s third Chili Bowl produced a strong run in his Friday heat race and some additional clarity about his future. Boasting a smile this weekend in the pits, Newman told his main goal in racing more grassroots series this year is to have fun — with winning a close second. And although he didn’t advance out of the C-Feature on Saturday night, he surely ended the night with another smile.

  • Chase Briscoe

Briscoe has had his share of heartache at the Chili Bowl, and Saturday he fell one spot short of advancing to the B-Feature. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver started seventh and had worked his way up to fifth — the final transfer position — before losing the spot to Spencer Bayston with two laps to go. Briscoe would go on to finish sixth, with the top five drivers advancing up to the B-Feature races. All that after being involved in a first-lap wreck, which the driver says damaged the front axle and right front shock of his No. 5 machine.

  • Dillon Welch

A NASCAR reporter for MRN and NBC and lifetime racer who excels every time he gets in the seat, Welch qualified for the A-Feature for the second time in his racing career. Welch hadn’t raced a Midget event since last year’s Chili Bowl, but he still advanced out of the B-Feature — driving from 11th to sixth late to claim a spot in the A-Main, where he finished 22nd.

  • Jesse Love

The two-time ARCA Menards West Series champion capped his week by finishing 19th in his Saturday D-Feature race.

  • J.J. Yeley

The veteran Yeley, who has had a number of memorable Chili Bowl moments over the years, finished 11th in the first of two E-Feature races to end his Chili Bowl run. Yeley had finished second in the F-Feature to advance up to the E.

  • Carson Hocevar

Hocevar, 18, finished second place in his J-Feature race Saturday, advancing upward. In the I-Feature he would finish 12th out of 15 drivers and failed to advance. The Niece Motorsports driver is coming off a 10th-place finish in the Camping World Truck Series in 2021. This was his Chili Bowl debut.

  • Ryan Ellis

Ellis finished 11th the first L-Feature race Saturday. Earlier in the week, Ellis finished sixth in his eight-lap heat race on Friday. That placed him in one of the evening’s C Features, and he finished ninth again to end the night.

  • Jesse Little

Little started his day in the M-Feature, where he finished ninth and did not advance. Making his Chili Bowl debut, Little finished eighth in his heat race during Tuesday’s racing. He then finished 10th later that evening in the C-Feature.