NASCAR stars highlight record number of entries for 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals

The 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals already has a record number of entries (358) with less than two weeks remaining before competition begins Jan. 10 at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway.

NASCAR stars highlight record number of entries for 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals
Rico Abreu passes Bryan Clauson to take the lead and win the Golden Driller
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Christopher Bell
Rico Abreu celebrates his second consecutive Golden Driller
Race action
Sammy Swindell

The 2017 field is shaping up to have several NASCAR contenders on hand, including the reigning Chili Bowl champion, Rico Abreu, who competed fulltime in the Camping World Truck Series in 2016.

Among the other drivers with NASCAR experience already lined up: Xfinity Series regular, J.J. Yeley; 2016 ARCA champion and K&N Pro Series West competitor, Chase Briscoe; Xfinity Series regular, Justin Allgaier; Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; and Christopher Bell, who competed fulltime in the Truck series in 2016 and advanced to the Championship 4.

List of Chili Bowl A-Main previous winners

2016   Rico Abreu

2015   Rico Abreu

2014   Bryan Clauson

2013   Kevin Swindell

2012   Kevin Swindell

2011   Kevin Swindell

2010   Kevin Swindell

2009   Sammy Swindell

2008   Damion Gardner

2007   Tony Stewart

2006   Tim McCreadie

2005   Tracy Hines

2004   Cory Kruseman

2003   Dan Boorse

2002   Tony Stewart

2001   Jay Drake

2000   Cory Kruseman

1999   Dan Boorse

1998   Sammy Swindell

1997   Billy Boat

1996   Sammy Swindell

1995   Donnie Beechler

1994   Andy Hilenburg

1993   Dave Blaney

1992   Sammy Swindell

1991   Lealand McSpadden

1990   Jon Heydenreich

1989   Sammy Swindell

1988   Scott Hatton

1987   Rich Vogler

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