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Chili Bowl 2001: Jay Drake Does It All In Chili Bowl Contest

WINNING WAVE: Jay Drake captured the O’Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals for midget cars over the weekend at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway. (Tim Aylwin Photo)

The 25th annual Chili Bowl Nationals will be held Jan. 11-15 at the QuickTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway.

In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of this prestigious indoor midget race, will be publishing the race reports that appeared in the pages of National Speed Sport News for the first 24 runnings of the event.

Beginning with the inaugural event in 1987, race recaps will be posted on a daily basis from Dec. 18 through Jan. 10.

ARGABRIGHT: Five Historic Races Not Worth Missing

Dave Argabright

Last week’s column in these pages by my colleague Keith Waltz caught my eye, because Keith has hit upon a most interesting and entertaining idea. If you could sit behind the wheel of the time-traveling DeLorean of “Back to the Future” fame, which five races from the past would you visit?

ARGABRIGHT: Fond Memories Of Mama Bear

Dave Argabright

Mama Bear is at rest, her suffering and pain finally gone. Becky Robbins died last week after a long battle with cancer, bringing to a close an eventful and influential life. Becky and husband Rex Robbins were the heart and soul of Midwestern late-model racing across 34 years, from their launch of the American Speed Ass’n (ASA) in 1968 until selling the series at their retirement in 2002.

ARGABRIGHT: Windom Best Of New Breed Of Hoosier Shoes

Dave Argabright


Chris Windom has been prominent on the Indiana open-wheel scene for what seems like a long time, yet he won’t turn 20 until Christmas Eve.

ARGABRIGHT: ‘Follow The Corn’ Through The Indiana Racing Scene

Dave Argabright


When Sean Buckley first traveled from California to Indiana more than a decade ago, he was immediately mesmerized by the dynamic traditional sprint-car scene in the Hoosier State. In the years following he eventually relocated to Indiana, hosting an Internet radio show and honing his skills as a videographer.

ARGABRIGHT: Smiles, Fists And Very Little Passing

Dave Argabright

The cold night air draped across the scene at I-30 Speedway Saturday night, but it could not quell the superheated emotions wrought by the 23rd running of the Comp Cams Short Track Nationals.

ARGABRIGHT: Hmiel’s Crash Casts A Long Shadow

Dave Argabright

It was early in the evening at Dixie Speedway, with people filing in and support classes getting underway on the red clay Georgia oval. It was a typical Lucas Oil Late Model event, with a crowded pit area and a sense of anticipation that it was going to be a tough night of competition.

ARGABRIGHT: Late-Model Kingpin Closes On 500th Victory

Dave Argabright

The race car is an ominous black and green, parked behind a long black hauler. Scott Bloomquist wears a rigid glare as…

ARGABRIGHT: Age Debate At Indy Continues

Dave Argabright

Should a 12-year-old kid be going 100 miles per hour?
That’s the question many people have been asking over the past week, particularly…

ARGABRIGHT: The Death Of A True Midget Racing Devotee

Dave Argabright

It was a quiet ending to a life filled with long-ago noise and activity, a life of fueling the passions of others…


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