INDIANAPOLIS — On New Years Day, Clauson-Marshall Racing announced their 2020 Chili Bowl USAC Midget lineup for this month’s race. Two very familiar drivers will be a part of their multi team stable with both Ryan Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. being a part of it.
Newman, ran an indoor dirt race in St. Louis last month and will be hoping to make his first ever Chili Bowl A-Main with one of USAC’s top Midget teams in a couple of weeks now too. Stenhouse, will return to the team again, looking for his first Golden Driller as well as his first top five finish. He’s made six starts in the main feature with a best finish of ninth.
Newman and Stenhouse were teammates with Roush/Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series for 2019, for their lone season under the same umbrella. Stenhouse, was let out of his contract early for 2020 and was replaced by Chris Buescher. That led Stenhouse to JTG-Daugherty Racing in the No. 47 Chevrolet for the upcoming season.
But, as always, the Chili Bowl entry list is NASCAR heavy. Right now, 13 drivers on it have NASCAR ties, including Newman and Stenhouse.
Kyle Larson is back with his own team as he was runner-up in last year’s event with Keith Kunz Motorsports. He has three top seven finishes in his last four Chili Bowl A-Main’s. Christopher Bell is back too but with a different team as well. All of Bell’s previous six starts came with KKM, as he will look to tie Kevin Swindell for second on the all-time wins list in a couple of weeks. Bell, has won in each of the last three years and has four top three finishes in six tries.
Chase Briscoe, Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier and JJ Yeley are current Cup or XFINITY Series that will be in Tulsa as well. So will Dale Earnhardt Jr’s niece in Karsyn Elledge and Dave Blaney’s son-in-law Cale Conley. Former Kyle Busch Motorsports/Toyota developmental driver Logan Seavey will race for Swindell.
NBC Sports commentator Dillon Welch will join Bell with Tucker-Boat Racing.