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Tony Stewart plans to compete in the 2012 Chili Bowl Nationals

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is returning to his roots soon. The current NASCAR Cup Series Champion has announced that he will be participating in the Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Stewart will be in Oklahoma for nearly a week to compete in the quarter-mile clay oval. The indoor event is scheduled for January 10th through 14th.

NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart shakes hands with NASCAR President Mike Helton in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ford 400 and the 2011 Series Championship
Tony Stewart shakes hands with NASCAR President Mike Helton in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ford 400 and the 2011 Series Championship (Getty Images)

The feature will be on Saturday, January 14th. The winner of the event receives a Golden Driller and their name etched in history.

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This will be the first time that he has competed in a Midget race since 2008. He has previously won the biggest midget race of the season in 2002 and again in 2007.

Kevin Swindell won the 2010 and 2011 events The Swindell family has won the past three events, as legendary driver Sammy Swindell won his fifth Golden Driller in 2009.

Stewart won five races in his Cup Series car this past season. He won back-to-back races at the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Monday, September 19th.

The following weekend, Stewart won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday, September 25th.

He won five of the last 10 events. This includes three of the last four wins to close out the season.

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Stewart won the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on October 30th. The following weekend, he won the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

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He closed out the season with a win in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida on November 20th.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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