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2009 Chili Bowl
 

 

TOYOTA TAKES FIVE OF TOP EIGHT SPOTS AT CHILI BOWL

 

  
TOYOTA TAKES FIVE OF TOP EIGHT SPOTS AT CHILI BOWL;
COONS LEADS TOYOTA’S FIRST CHILI BOWL LAPS
 
TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 17, 2009) – Jerry Coons, Jr., led the first 26 laps before eventually giving up the lead as Toyota-powered cars captured five of the top-eight finishing positions before a standing room only crowd at the 23rd Annual Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
 
Coons started the 50-lap event on the outside of the front row, but took the lead on the first lap and led the first 26 circuits – Toyota’s first-ever laps at the front of the Chili Bowl field – before giving up the lead to Tracy Hines when he drifted wide on lap 27.  The reigning USAC Silver Crown champion then maintained a top-three spot until the final lap when fellow Toyota driver Brad Kuhn took over the third position in his RW Motorsports entry, dropping Coons to the fourth spot.
 
Right behind Kuhn and Coons was crowd favorite J.J. Yeley in a Cruz Pedregon Toyota in fifth.  Coons’ Wilke-Pak teammate Dave Darland, who finished second with Toyota power at last year’s Chili Bowl, placed sixth, while Keith Kunz Motorsports’ Cole Whitt finished eighth.   The 17-year-old Whitt had one of the most impressive drives of the A Main as he climbed through the field from his 15th starting position on the fast track where passing proved to be difficult.
 
In addition to the five drivers that reached the A Main, four Toyota powered drivers advanced to the B Main with Josh Wise, Don Droud, Jr., Gary Wright Jr., and Terry McCarl all falling just short of Saturday night’s main event.  Only a late spin in his C Main heat kept Austin Brown from advancing to the B Main in his Kenny Brown Racing entry as well.  Davey Ray was forced to begin his day in the G feature and advanced through two heats before falling short in one of the two E Mains.  He was on pace to qualify much higher before a broken mount caused him to lose his battery during a preliminary heat.
 
Each of the six teams that campaigned with Toyota power advanced as least as far as the C Main, with four different Toyota teams represented in the A Main.
 
This year’s Chili Bowl featured a record 295 entries.  The race will be televised on SPEED on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED.
 
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Contacts:         John Procida, Toyota Motorsports, 313-822-7924, johnprocida@aol.com
                        Kym Strong, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., 310-468-5017, kym_strong@toyota.com
 
         
         

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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