NASCAR driver schools open wheelers in Tulsa

NASCAR driver Chris Bell took the open wheelers to school at their own game
NASCAR driver Chris Bell took the open wheelers to school at their own game

Christopher Bell’s fifth preliminary night victory in as many years, and sixth overall prelim triumph, the driver of the Tucker-Boat No. 84x was the class of the field in Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night.

“Man, this race…I say it time, and time again, this race literally is what motorsports means to me. This is the pinnacle for me growing up in Oklahoma. I hope that this is the race I can run the rest of my life until I can come back here owning a racecar and have another Buddy Kofoid drive for me," commented Bell, who is locked into his seventh championship A-Feature in as many years.

Gridding the field sixth, Bell worked into the top three following a Lap 5 restart.

Led by Thomas Meseraull, the RMS entry took off with Logan Seavey, Buddy Kofoid, and Christopher Bell in tow. Three-wide for second, Kofoid worked past the pair on the bottom of turn four with Bell adjusting his line the following lap take the position away.

Running down the No. 7x in a matter of laps, Bell used high side momentum off the fourth turn on Lap 10; throwing the slide job deep into turn one to clear Meseraull for the point on Lap 11. Into traffic on Lap 17, Bell’s run stalled for a moment with Meseraull closing while trying to fend off Buddy Kofoid. Picking through the backmarkers, Bell three-wide in traffic at times kept his advantage just over a second.

With the white flag waving, Bell’s night nearly ended as contact with a slower car all but parked the No. 84x. Able to recover with the field bearing down, Bell was still able to capture the win by 1.114 seconds.

Asked how he balanced being patient while aggressive, Bell replied, “Lapped traffic was thick and they were just two by two, so honestly I just got to the point where I started riding behind them because I’ve taken myself out a lot here running over lapped cars and I still almost did it coming to the white flag."

Thomas Meseraull picked up the final transfer to Saturday’s A-Feature with Buddy Kofoid third in his first career Chili Bowl appearance. Logan Seavey crossed fourth with Shane Golobic holding on to complete the top five.

With a field of 73 on hand for Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night, the week’s total car count stands at 273 with another 76 slated for Friday’s Vacuworx Qualifying Night.

Split into nine OERB Heat Races, the wins went to CJ Leary, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, Cory Kruseman, Tanner Berryhill, Logan Seavey, Christopher Bell, Shane Cottle, and Chance Morton. C-Features went to Cale Conley and Michelle Decker with Dave.com B-Features topped by Shane Cottle and Kyle Cummins. Team Toyota Qualifiers number four with Jason McDougal, Buddy Kofoid, Shane Golobic, and Christopher Bell earning wins.

The Worldwide Technologies Raceway Flip Count jumped Thursday from 39 to 49 with all drivers able to walk away.

The 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues Friday, January 17, 2020, with Vacuworx Qualifying Night. Hot Laps getting underway at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 5:00 P.M. (CT). General Admission Pit Passes never sell out and is sold at the event. Weekdays are $45 per day. Saturday is $60.

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Results:

A-Main

30 laps | 00:08:53.560

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 6 Christopher Bell Norman, OK 84X
2 3 Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA 7X
3 2 Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA 67
4 5 Logan Seavey Sutter, CA 39
5 1 Shane Golobic Fremont, CA 17W
6 15 Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN 19B
7 12 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN 55V
8 11 Jason McDougal Broken Arrow, OK 76M
9 14 Jerry Coons Jr Tucson, AZ 25
10 8 Steve Buckwalter Royersford, PA 25B
11 4 Tanner Berryhill Bixby, OK 91B
12 10 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N
13 16 Joe B. Miller Millersville, MO 08M
14 17 Shane Cottle Kokomo, IN 9P
15 20 Ryan Smith Kunkletown, PA 67S
16 23 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN 2ND
17 13 Chance Crum Snohomish, WA 31B
18 9 Andrew Deal Caney, KS 15D
19 24 Travis Berryhill American Canyon, CA 27D
20 18 Kyle Cummins Princeton, IN 1G
21 21 Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 21K
22 7 Cole Bodine Rossville, IN 39B
23 22 Jack Dover Springfield, NE 117
24 19 Andrew Felker Carl Junction, MO 11A

B-Main 1

15 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Shane Cottle Kokomo, IN 9P
2 2 Andrew Felker Carl Junction, MO 11A
3 5 Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 21K
4 1 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN 2ND
5 4 Danny Stratton Reading, PA 47X
6 10 Ryan Bickett Ramona, SD 17B
7 14 Bill Rose Plainfield, IN 6
8 6 Dalton Camfield Decatur, IL 10C
9 12 Johnny Kent Kiefer, OK 87F
10 9 Chad Winfrey Gladstone, MO 321
11 8 Seth Carlson Stafford, CT 2C
12 15 Merle Scherb Runaway Bay, TX 78M
13 11 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA 7R
14 13 Cale Conley Vienna, WV 11
15 7 Cody Karl Gulfport, MS 52C
DNS Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D

B-Main 2

15 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Kyle Cummins Princeton, IN 1G
2 2 Ryan Smith Kunkletown, PA 67S
3 7 Jack Dover Springfield, NE 117
4 3 Travis Berryhill American Canyon, CA 27D
5 4 Chance Morton Coweta, OK 7MF
6 10 Ben Worth Coalinga, CA 5G
7 9 Cody Ledger Omaha, NE 35L
8 5 Scott Kreutter Alden, NY 49
9 6 Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S
10 8 Chris Urish Elkhart, IL 77U
11 13 Michelle Decker Guthrie, OK 4M
12 11 Andy Gage Whiting, IA 02
13 14 Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK 67K
14 15 Jason Martin Lincoln, NE 00X
15 12 Joe Walker Harrisonville, MO 51X
DNS Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ 17T

C-Main 1

12 laps | 00:09:16.499

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 8 Cale Conley Vienna, WV 11
2 6 Bill Rose Plainfield, IN 6
3 3 Johnny Kent Kiefer, OK 87F
4 1 Merle Scherb Runaway Bay, TX 78M
5 4 Casey Shuman Rattlesnake Bend, AZ 32D
6 10 Mark Smith Sunbury, PA M1
7 16 Laydon Pearson New Castle, OK 11P
8 9 Hunter Fischer Broken Arrow, OK 24F
9 11 Jeff Wheeler Rockwall, TX 72X
10 13 James Davison Melbourne, VIC 33J
11 15 Jeffrey Champagne Westfield, MA 46X
12 14 Morgan Frewaldt Kansas City, KS 926
13 12 Rick Horn Colony, KS 1H
14 7 Dylan Ito Ventura, CA 73
15 5 JD Black Grain Valley, MO 7JR
16 2 A.J. Fike Galesburg, IL 2X
DNS Jessie Barber Napa, CA 3B

C-Main 2

12 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 10 Michelle Decker Guthrie, OK 4M
2 3 Joe Walker Harrisonville, MO 51X
3 4 Jason Martin Lincoln, NE 00X
4 5 Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK 67K
5 2 Kevin Studley Plainfield, IN 57K
6 1 Donovan Peterson Brookings, SD 11X
7 12 Blain Petersen Essex, IA 68B
8 14 Justin Dickerson Pittsboro, IN 21D
9 8 Barrie Valentino Chandler, QLD Q23
10 9 Howard Moore Memphis, TN 41X
11 11 Daniel Sanchez Averill Park, NY 00D
12 6 Robert Bell Colfax, IA 71.5
13 7 Shaun Shapel Wichita, KS 84S
14 13 Kala Keliinoi Waianae, HI 17M
DNS Eric Fenton Tulsa, OK 72
DNS Don O'Keefe Jr Pittsboro, IN 0K

Qualifier 1

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Jason McDougal Broken Arrow, OK 76M
2 10 Cole Bodine Rossville, IN 39B
3 5 Tanner Berryhill Bixby, OK 91B
4 4 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN 2ND
5 6 Andrew Deal Caney, KS 15D
6 2 Chance Morton Coweta, OK 7MF
7 9 Scott Kreutter Alden, NY 49
8 8 Jack Dover Springfield, NE 117
9 7 Chris Urish Elkhart, IL 77U
10 3 Cody Ledger Omaha, NE 35L

Qualifier 2

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA 67
2 3 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N
3 5 Logan Seavey Sutter, CA 39
4 1 Ryan Smith Kunkletown, PA 67S
5 6 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN 55V
6 7 Danny Stratton Reading, PA 47X
7 8 Dalton Camfield Decatur, IL 10C
8 10 Seth Carlson Stafford, CT 2C
9 9 Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D
10 2 Ben Worth Coalinga, CA 5G

Qualifier 3

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Shane Golobic Fremont, CA 17W
2 1 Joe B. Miller Millersville, MO 08M
3 6 Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA 7X
4 9 Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN 19B
5 7 Andrew Felker Carl Junction, MO 11A
6 8 Travis Berryhill American Canyon, CA 27D
7 4 Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 21K
8 3 Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S
9 10 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA 7R
10 2 Ryan Bickett Ramona, SD 17B

Qualifier 4

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Christopher Bell Norman, OK 84X
2 2 Jerry Coons Jr Tucson, AZ 25
3 5 Steve Buckwalter Royersford, PA 25B
4 7 Kyle Cummins Princeton, IN 1G
5 6 Chance Crum Snohomish, WA 31B
6 4 Shane Cottle Kokomo, IN 9P
7 1 Cody Karl Gulfport, MS 52C
8 9 Chad Winfrey Gladstone, MO 321
9 10 Andy Gage Whiting, IA 02
10 8 Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ 17T

Heat 1

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN 55V
2 8 Andrew Deal Caney, KS 15D
3 4 Andrew Felker Carl Junction, MO 11A
4 1 Andy Gage Whiting, IA 02
5 9 Cody Karl Gulfport, MS 52C
6 6 JD Black Grain Valley, MO 7JR
7 3 Howard Moore Memphis, TN 41X
8 2 Jessie Barber Napa, CA 3B
9 7 Laydon Pearson New Castle, OK 11P

Heat 2

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Shane Golobic Fremont, CA 17W
2 1 Chris Urish Elkhart, IL 77U
3 7 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN 2ND
4 6 Jack Dover Springfield, NE 117
5 4 Johnny Kent Kiefer, OK 87F
6 8 Cole Bodine Rossville, IN 39B
7 5 Mark Smith Sunbury, PA M1
8 2 Don O'Keefe Jr Pittsboro, IN 0K

Heat 3

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA 7X
2 7 Chance Crum Snohomish, WA 31B
3 2 Scott Kreutter Alden, NY 49
4 1 Merle Scherb Runaway Bay, TX 78M
5 3 Joe Walker Harrisonville, MO 51X
6 8 Seth Carlson Stafford, CT 2C
7 6 Barrie Valentino Chandler, QLD Q23
8 4 Justin Dickerson Pittsboro, IN 21D

Heat 4

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 21K
2 1 Danny Stratton Reading, PA 47X
3 6 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N
4 8 Ben Worth Coalinga, CA 5G
5 5 Kevin Studley Plainfield, IN 57K
6 4 Shaun Shapel Wichita, KS 84S
7 7 Eric Fenton Tulsa, OK 72
8 3 Jeffrey Champagne Westfield, MA 46X

Heat 5

8 laps | 00:07:44

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Tanner Berryhill Bixby, OK 91B
2 3 Ryan Bickett Ramona, SD 17B
3 2 Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D
4 1 Donovan Peterson Brookings, SD 11X
5 7 Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN 19B
6 8 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA 7R
7 5 Michelle Decker Guthrie, OK 4M
8 6 James Davison Melbourne, VIC 33J

Heat 6

8 laps | 00:01:36

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Logan Seavey Sutter, CA 39
2 3 Jerry Coons Jr Tucson, AZ 25
3 6 Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S
4 7 Ryan Smith Kunkletown, PA 67S
5 2 Casey Shuman Rattlesnake Bend, AZ 32D
6 5 Bill Rose Plainfield, IN 6
7 1 Blain Petersen Essex, IA 68B
8 8 Rick Horn Colony, KS 1H

Heat 7

8 laps | 00:01:35

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Christopher Bell Norman, OK 84X
2 4 Cody Ledger Omaha, NE 35L
3 3 Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ 17T
4 2 Chad Winfrey Gladstone, MO 321
5 8 Dalton Camfield Decatur, IL 10C
6 5 Robert Bell Colfax, IA 71.5
7 7 Hunter Fischer Broken Arrow, OK 24F
8 6 Daniel Sanchez Averill Park, NY 00D

Heat 8

8 laps | 00:01:39

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Shane Cottle Kokomo, IN 9P
2 3 Jason McDougal Broken Arrow, OK 76M
3 7 Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA 67
4 1 A.J. Fike Galesburg, IL 2X
5 8 Travis Berryhill American Canyon, CA 27D
6 4 Cale Conley Vienna, WV 11
7 5 Jeff Wheeler Rockwall, TX 72X
8 6 Morgan Frewaldt Kansas City, KS 926

Heat 9

8 laps | 00:03:39

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Chance Morton Coweta, OK 7MF
2 5 Steve Buckwalter Royersford, PA 25B
3 4 Kyle Cummins Princeton, IN 1G
4 7 Joe B. Miller Millersville, MO 08M
5 2 Jason Martin Lincoln, NE 00X
6 6 Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK 67K
7 8 Dylan Ito Ventura, CA 73
8 3 Kala Keliinoi Waianae, HI 17M

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