Hines & Darland Latest Chili Bowl Entries
TULSA, Okla. – As the Dec. 17 deadline for early entry looms, the number of drivers has begun to swell as the list of Golden Driller hopefuls stands at 137 drivers spread among 95 teams.
Tracy Hines is the first past driver champion to enter the 2014 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire. Topping the field in 2005 for Wilke-Pak, the Indiana native will be behind the wheel of the Bob Parker backed No. 24. Hines, with 12 Chili Bowl “A” Features to his credit, will also field a car in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals for C.J. Leary.
After a stirring performance that culminated in winning the 73rd Turkey Night Grand Prix, Dave Darland will look to add a Golden Driller to his list of accomplishments in 2014. With ten victories in 2013, Darland will take to the clay in the RW/Curb/Agajanian No. 17R. Dave’s best finish in 13 “A” Feature starts at the Chili Bowl came as a runner up in 2005 to Hines.
The latest batch of entries include a pair of Chili Bowl rookies from Australia. Pushing the list of first timers to 30, Mathew Smith in the Jerry Hardy backed No. 4AU and Matt Hunter in the No. 13AU, for 2006 owner champion Steve Smith, make their first trip to Tulsa, Okla. Smith, who won the coveted Golden Driller with Tim McCreadie at the wheel in 2006, is the only champion car owner from outside the United States.
The complete list of entries for the 2014 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire can be found at www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx