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Grant Wins One For Clauson

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, January 14 2017

Justin Grant and friends celebrate at the Chili Bowl on Friday night.

The final session of qualifying for the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals was filled with emotion, as Justin Grant visited Victory Lane for the first time in a Clauson-Marshall car one year after Bryan Clauson took his final checkered flag at Tulsa Expo Raceway.

“I’m not going to say I’m carrying on (Clauson’s) legacy at all. That would be not even a chance,” Grant said after leading the entire25-lapper in the No. 39BC entry. “He was incredible. He was such a big deal. I guess we didn’t really appreciate how big of a deal he was until we lost him. It’s incredible to see how many people are behind him and behind that. It is a lot of pressure.”

Clauson died in August 2016 from injuries sustained in an accident during the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas.

Marking three first-time winners in four nights of racing, Grant was the class of the field during the Vacuworx Night feature. Still, with the cushion coming in just after the race’s mid-point, some of the fastest lap times being turned were by Daryn Pittman, who took over the runnerup spot to Grant on Lap 18. Pittman was able to close the gap, although not enough to run down Grant. Pittman, however, will make the call for his seventh Chili Bowl A-Feature since 1999.

The only other Oklahoman locked into Saturday’s Feature so far, Pittman is in position to match the feat of Andy Hillenburg. “I was here and I watched it,” Pittman said. “It was one of the best Chili Bowls I’ve ever seen so it’d mean a lot. Andy was a big hero of mine I got to watch growing up and it was a blast as a young kid watching him win this race. I’d love to be the one to do it.”

Ronnie Gardner held on to third to earn his first A-Feature start on Saturday night. “It’s cool man,” said Gardner, the second Six-Eight Motorsports entry to lock into the final. “I think the budget of our team is like one-fifth of a lot of the guys out here so that’s pretty cool just for this Midget man. I don’t think I’ll be able to wipe the smile off the face all the way home.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came up to fourth from seventh with Californian Michael Faccinto completing the top-five after starting ninth. Damion Gardner, from 12th, was sixth with D.J. Netto seventh. The two California drivers were followed by Indiana royalty as 15th-starting Dave Darland grabbed eighth. Fighting through the field, native New Yorker Tim McCreadie showed from 18th to ninth with Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson finishing 10th.

The #BCForever Pole Shuffler powered by Pizza Express followed to set the Top-12 in Saturday’s A-Main, and Grant pulled off his second victory of the night by defeating Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell. The 11 rounds began with Zach Daum winning over Colby Copeland. Leary trumped Daum in the next round to face Ronnie Gardner, who went on to race Pittman. Winning the three-lap dash, Pittman retired with mechanical issues, leaving Danny Stratton to face Jake Swanson. Downing Stratton, Swanson was defeated in the next round by Tyler Cortney, who put away Travis Berryhill before spinning while racing Grant for the runnerup spot.

Through four nights of racing a record-setting 365 drivers have checked-in for the event presented by General Tire. The record far exceeds the 335 entries from 2016. At the close of Friday’s Vacuworx Qualifying Night, the Fastenal Flip Count had reached 33.

Saturday’s program begins early with Hot Laps at 9:30 a.m. (CST) for duel “O” and “N” events. Opening ceremonies are set for 5:30 p.m. For continued updates, fans can follow on social media, as well as the online PPV broadcast on http://www.racinboys.com. All official results and news can be found at http://www.chilibowl.com.


Friday’s Vacuworx Qualifying Night Results

Budweiser Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 71G-Damion Gardner[1]; 2. 10B-Rick Shuman[2]; 3. 05B-Steve Buckwalter[7]; 4. 88-Chad Wheeler[4]; 5. 2AG-Rickie Gaunt[8]; 6. 87F-Sean McClelland[3]; 7. 96CM-Brett Becker[5]; 8. 2J-Cody Lampe[6]; 9. 9M-Cory Mallo[9].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11AG-Dave Darland[3]; 2. 51R-Brody Roa[1]; 3. 98-Clinton Boyles[5]; 4. 25S-Alex Schriever[2]; 5. 10J-John Hunt[6]; 6. 101-Chuck McGillivray[7]; 7. 29-Derek Childs[9]; 8. 56B-Tyler Brehm[8]; 9. 6B-Brad Kraus[4].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 25H-Anton Hernandez[5]; 2. 3C-D.J. Netto[6]; 3. 39BC-Justin Grant[8]; 4. 28A-Ace McCarthy[9]; 5. 84X-Chad Boat[3]; 6. 06-Andy Baugh[7]; 7. 11R-Shane Watts[2]; 8. 10X-Tom Doherty[4]; 9. (DNF) 22X-Payton Williams[1].

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 35F-Michael Faccinto[6]; 2. 80-Josh Hawkins[1]; 3. 17R-Alex Schutte[8]; 4. 24S-Landon Simon[2]; 5. 11C-Chett Gehrke[4]; 6. 15L-Ashley Hazelton[3]; 7. 93L-Trey Lambert[7]; 8. 55-Tom Everhart[5].

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 71.5-Robert Bell[1]; 2. 7-Shannon McQueen[7]; 3. 0R-Holly Porter[4]; 4. 83S-Shane Weeks[5]; 5. 12R-Brian Rieck[6]; 6. 0-Johnny Murdock[3]; 7. 27Z-Zane Hendricks[2]; (DNS) 22E-David Stephenson.

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[7]; 2. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer[3]; 3. 8C-John Carney II[4]; 4. 37-Nick Knepper[8]; 5. 59E-Dex Eaton[2]; 6. 21R-Ryan Truitt[1]; 7. 77C-Kevin Schawitsch[6]; 8. (DNF) 69J-Earl McDoulett Jr.[5].

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Daryn Pittman[1]; 2. 14K-Chris Cochran[3]; 3. 8GQ-Jimi-Ray Quin[6]; 4. 22A-Andy Malpocker[2]; 5. GO-Shane Cockrum[5]; 6. 1P-Terry Nichols[4]; 7. 83G-Matt Gilbert[8]; 8. 37F-Tim Kent[7].

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 21K-Cory Kruseman[2]; 2. 87JR-Troy Rutherford[4]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson[5]; 4. 57C-Chad Boespflug[6]; 5. 27S-Andy Shouse[1]; 6. 20X-Noah Harris[7]; 7. 00-Tristan Lee[8]; 8. 89-Nick Bailey[3].

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 32D-Danny Jennings[1]; 2. 68-Ronnie Gardner[8]; 3. 4J-Tim Crawley[3]; 4. 47X-Tim McCreadie[5]; 5. D33-Joey Moughan[7]; 6. 4B-Shane Sellers[2]; 7. 5GS-Garrett Stout[4]; 8. (DNF) 17KT-Ryan Secrest[6].

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. 67-Tanner Thorson[1]; 2. 73X-Jac Haudenschild[7]; 3. 12W-Billy Wease[5]; 4. 9A-Jason Walls[2]; 5. 22H-John Heydenreich[3]; 6. 4F-Chad Frewaldt[8]; 7. (DNF) 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 8. (DNF) 20-Tadd Holliman[6].

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 1ST-J.J. Yeley[3]; 2. 3N-Jake Neuman[1]; 3. 95-Chris Andrews[2]; 4. 67K-Holly Shelton[7]; 5. 3F-Davey (D.J.) Hamilton Jr.[5]; 6. 83-Kurt Blackaby[8]; 7. D6-Dakota Gaines[6]; 8. 51A-Ryan Jamison[4].

D-Features: Top 2 advance to corresponding C-Feature

D-Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Blake Nimee[4]; 2. 96CM-Brett Becker[3]; 3. 93L-Trey Lambert[1]; 4. 37F-Tim Kent[6]; 5. 9M-Cory Mallo[10]; 6. 77C-Kevin Schawitsch[2]; 7. (DNF) 17KT-Ryan Secrest[5]; 8. (DNF) 6B-Brad Kraus[9]; 9. (DNF) 55-Tom Everhart[8]; 10. (DNF) 10X-Tom Doherty[7]; (DNS) 11R-Shane Watts; (DNS) 22E-David Stephenson.

D-Feature 2 (10 Laps): 1. 89-Nick Bailey[8]; 2. 27Z-Zane Hendricks[5]; 3. 2J-Cody Lampe[6]; 4. 5GS-Garrett Stout[3]; 5. 21R-Ryan Truitt[1]; 6. 51A-Ryan Jamison[9]; 7. 56B-Tyler Brehm[4]; 8. (DNF) D6-Dakota Gaines[2]; 9. (DNF) 20-Tadd Holliman[7]; (DNS) 69J-Earl McDoulett Jr.; (DNS) 22X-Payton Williams.

C-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding B-Feature

C-Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. D33-Joey Moughan[1]; 2. 10J-John Hunt[2]; 3. 9A-Jason Walls[4]; 4. 22H-John Heydenreich[9]; 5. 27S-Andy Shouse[11]; 6. 25S-Alex Schriever[3]; 7. 87F-Sean McClelland[13]; 8. 101-Chuck McGillivray[7]; 9. 3F-Davey (D.J.) Hamilton Jr.[6]; 10. 59E-Dex Eaton[10]; 11. 00-Tristan Lee[12]; 12. 96CM-Brett Becker[16]; 13. 83-Kurt Blackaby[5]; 14. 79-Blake Nimee[15]; 15. 0-Johnny Murdock[14]; 16. (DNF) 20X-Noah Harris[8].

C-Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 84X-Chad Boat[8]; 2. 88-Chad Wheeler[1]; 3. GO-Shane Cockrum[5]; 4. 24S-Landon Simon[3]; 5. 22A-Andy Malpocker[10]; 6. 1P-Terry Nichols[12]; 7. 11C-Chett Gehrke[6]; 8. 4F-Chad Frewaldt[4]; 9. 89-Nick Bailey[15]; 10. 06-Andy Baugh[7]; 11. 4B-Shane Sellers[14]; 12. 83G-Matt Gilbert[11]; 13. 27Z-Zane Hendricks[16]; 14. 15L-Ashley Hazelton[13]; 15. 29-Derek Childs[9]; 16. (DNF) 12R-Brian Rieck[2].

Qualifiers: Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature

Qualifying Race 1 (10 Laps): 1. 67-Tanner Thorson[1]; 2. 71G-Damion Gardner[2]; 3. 21K-Cory Kruseman[3]; 4. 17R-Alex Schutte[4]; 5. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[6]; 6. 7-Shannon McQueen[5]; 7. 98-Clinton Boyles[7]; 8. 4J-Tim Crawley[10]; 9. 10B-Rick Shuman[8]; 10. 0R-Holly Porter[9].

Qualifying Race 2 (10 Laps): 1. 28A-Ace McCarthy[3]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson[7]; 3. 37-Nick Knepper[1]; 4. 11AG-Dave Darland[4]; 5. 35F-Michael Faccinto[6]; 6. 73X-Jac Haudenschild[5]; 7. 51R-Brody Roa[8]; 8. 95-Chris Andrews[10]; 9. 8C-John Carney II[9]; 10. 71.5-Robert Bell[2].

Qualifying Race 3 (10 Laps): 1. 21-Daryn Pittman[2]; 2. 1ST-J.J. Yeley[4]; 3. 68-Ronnie Gardner[6]; 4. 3C-D.J. Netto[5]; 5. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer[1]; 6. 87JR-Troy Rutherford[3]; 7. 12W-Billy Wease[7]; 8. 80-Josh Hawkins[8]; 9. 57C-Chad Boespflug[9]; 10. 83S-Shane Weeks[10].

Qualifying Race 4 (10 Laps): 1. 39BC-Justin Grant[5]; 2. 67K-Holly Shelton[7]; 3. 14K-Chris Cochran[1]; 4. 05B-Steve Buckwalter[4]; 5. 47X-Tim McCreadie[10]; 6. 25H-Anton Hernandez[6]; 7. 32D-Danny Jennings[2]; 8. (DNF) 8GQ-Jimi-Ray Quin[3]; 9. (DNF) 2AG-Rickie Gaunt[9]; 10. (DNF) 3N-Jake Neuman[8].

B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature

B-Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 14K-Chris Cochran[3]; 2. 25H-Anton Hernandez[1]; 3. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer[4]; 4. 51R-Brody Roa[5]; 5. 4J-Tim Crawley[7]; 6. 8GQ-Jimi-Ray Quin[8]; 7. 7-Shannon McQueen[2]; 8. 57C-Chad Boespflug[10]; 9. D33-Joey Moughan[13]; 10. 12W-Billy Wease[6]; 11. 71.5-Robert Bell[12]; 12. 10J-John Hunt[14]; 13. 9A-Jason Walls[15]; 14. 0R-Holly Porter[11]; 15. (DNF) 22H-John Heydenreich[16]; 16. (DNF) 10B-Rick Shuman[9].

B-Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 47X-Tim McCreadie[3]; 2. 37-Nick Knepper[1]; 3. 73X-Jac Haudenschild[2]; 4. 84X-Chad Boat[11]; 5. 3N-Jake Neuman[12]; 6. 32D-Danny Jennings[6]; 7. 88-Chad Wheeler[14]; 8. 8C-John Carney II[9]; 9. 24S-Landon Simon[15]; 10. 98-Clinton Boyles[5]; 11. 95-Chris Andrews[7]; 12. 80-Josh Hawkins[8]; 13. GO-Shane Cockrum[13]; 14. (DNF) 83S-Shane Weeks[10]; (DNS) 87JR-Troy Rutherford; (DNS) 2AG-Rickie Gaunt.

A-Feature: Top 3 advance to Saturday’s A-Feature

A-Feature (25 Laps): 1. 39BC-Justin Grant[1]; 2. 21-Daryn Pittman[8]; 3. 68-Ronnie Gardner[2]; 4. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[7]; 5. 35F-Michael Faccinto[9]; 6. 71G-Damion Gardner[12]; 7. 3C-D.J. Netto[11]; 8. 11AG-Dave Darland[15]; 9. 47X-Tim McCreadie[18]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson[4]; 11. 21K-Cory Kruseman[13]; 12. 73X-Jac Haudenschild[22]; 13. 67-Tanner Thorson[10]; 14. 84X-Chad Boat[24]; 15. 17R-Alex Schutte[14]; 16. 14K-Chris Cochran[17]; 17. 25H-Anton Hernandez[19]; 18. 67K-Holly Shelton[6]; 19. 37-Nick Knepper[20]; 20. 05B-Steve Buckwalter[16]; 21. 28A-Ace McCarthy[3]; 22. 51R-Brody Roa[23]; 23. (DNF) 1ST-J.J. Yeley[5]; 24. (DNF) 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer[21].

Lap Leader(s): Justin Grant, 1-25
Hard-Charger: Jac Haudenschild, plus 10 laps

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Round 1: Copeland vs. Daum
Round 2: Daum vs. Leary
Round 3: Leary vs. Gardner
Round 4: Gardner vs. Pittman 
Round 5: Pittman vs. Stratton (Pittman with Mechanical issues)
Round 6: Wight vs. Stratton
Round 7: Stratton vs. Swanson
Round 8: Swanson vs. Courtney
Round 9: Berryhill vs. Courtney
Round 10: Courtney vs. Grant
Round 11: Bell vs. Grant (Grant wins)


| , RacinToday.com Saturday, January 14 2017
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