By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kyle Larson has finally won the Chili Bowl Nationals. He won the Golden Driller on Saturday night at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
It took Larson 13 times to win the “Super Bowl of midget racing.” His win snapped Christopher Bell’s three Golden Driller win streak.
“There’s nothing like winning any race, especially a big one,” Larson said. “The Chili Bowl is the biggest won that I’ve won. To win this race is something that I’ll never forget. Hopefully, maybe, I can get to celebrate with them many more times in this building.”
This is the sixth straight year that a NASCAR driver has won the event. The late Bryan Clauson was the last driver, who did not have NASCAR ties when he won in 2014.
Larson said that the Chili Bowl Nationals was one of his bucket list items to check off in his career. He also mentioned that the Bristol night race (NASCAR) and the Knoxville Nationals (Sprint Cars) are the other two bucket races he wants to win.
“Obviously, the Daytona 500 is bigger than the Chili Bowl, but to me personally, it’s not about the money, it’s not about anything else than winning,” Larson said. “For whatever reason, the Chili Bowl and Knoxville and the Bristol night race mean the most to me. That’s not me saying that I don’t care about the Daytona 500 or NASCAR. I’ve been trying to win these races a lot longer than the Daytona 500. I’ve also been closer to winning these races than the Daytona 500.
That just eats at you. You want to be able to get it done. You want to win all of them. I am planning on going to Daytona in a few weeks, and I want to win it. I wanted to win in 2017 when I was leading the last lap before running out of fuel. The atmosphere here (Tulsa) and the atmosphere it brings, they’re my friends and the friendships that I’ve made in this building, they’ve made me want to win this race more than any other.”
Bell finished second. Cannon McIntosh finished in third. Both Bell and McIntosh are Oklahoma natives.
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