Are you a NASCAR fan who needs a racing fix before the 2021 Daytona 500 in February? If so, the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals rapidly approach and prepare to invade Tulsa, Oklahoma. Several NASCAR favorites will be behind the wheel of an open-wheel Midget for the preliminary events, which begin on Monday. TRI took a deep dive into which three NASCAR drivers had the best odds to bring home the famous “Golden Driller” Saturday night.
#3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Most people probably think we are crazy with this one picking the JTG Daugherty NASCAR Cup Series driver. However, Stenhouse, a Memphis Tennessee native, has made it to the A-main event four times; his best finish came in 2012 when he finished 9th overall. However, he has had the experience behind this car and on the surface to be a cinderella pick this weekend.
#2 Christopher Bell
Bell, a Norman Oklahoma native, is a NASCAR Cup Series driver for Toyota Racing Development; he has shown great skill on the asphalt over the course of his ascent through the ranks of stock car racing. However, that is not what makes Bell one of the top dogs to watch in the 2021 Chilli Bowl Nationals.
Comparing to the other two drivers in the top three talks, Bell probably has the most significant advantage in terms of awareness and preparedness as his hometown is qa short drive of just over 120 miles from the “Superbowl of Midget Racing.”
Lastly, Bell has been able to win the event three consecutive years (2017-2019) he has the knowledge and skill to get around the track and maneuver traffic in a quick and efficient manner. However, he has one guy he will need to figure out how to gun down if he wants the trophy and that is our 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals favorite, Kyle Larson.
#1 Kyle Larson
Larson, an Elk Grove Callifornia native, is the hottest dirt racing driver in the field and arguably in the world. Larson who will drive the number five car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021 took some time when he was away from the NASCAR circuit to return to his roots of the World Of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. During the stint of racing the sprint car Larson was dominant and was able to fend off almost anyone who was closing in from behind.
Larson even clinched his first Super Late Model victory with the World of Outlaws, just his second time behind the wheel. He also continued his dominance in the midget world. The defending champ has had longer than his fellow NASCAR drivers to prepare to bring home the trophy and should have his eyes set on the cold hard cash at the finish line.
The A-main can be seen on MAV TV; FLO Racing will carry the preliminaries throughout the week.