Full List of NASCAR Stars Joining Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson in the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals

Published 01/05/2021, 7:45 AM EST
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 31: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Oscar Mayer/Velveeta Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


One of the major events at the start of a new year, the Chili Bowl Nationals, has attracted many top NASCAR drivers in 2021. Organizers of the premier midget car dirt track event recently confirmed a line-up of over 300 drivers for the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals.

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There has been a lot of buzz for the event among NASCAR circles, particularly since the reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott confirmed he will join the likes of Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, who are midget car superstars, at the popular event.

Here are all the NASCAR drivers who will compete at the event.

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 Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson makes his NASCAR return in February with Hendrick Motorsports. Before that, he will aim to defend his title at the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals, running the 01 midget car.

He prepared for the event with a title win at the Carolina Midget Showdown in December, which also featured Elliott and Chase Briscoe.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott

The reigning Cup Series champion will run the 9E for Paul May – DiaEdge Racing in his debut Chili Bowl appearance. This is, in fact, only Elliott’s second midget dirt event, after his first run at the Carolina Midget Showdown.

He did a good job there, finishing in third and fourth place respectively in the two events, and also learned a lot about dirt racing.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Give a Hoot Chevrolet, enters his car to start the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman

Newman returns to the ‘Super Bowl’ of dirt track racing, as the Chili Bowl event is called by many. He will run again with the Clauson-Marshall Racing team, whom he represented in 2020 as well. Newman also won an E-main race last year. This year, he runs the 00C car.

Justin Allgaier

The NASCAR Xfinity Series star will represent Team Ripper at the 2021 event. He will make his fifth career start at the event, and will hope to overcome the disappointments of last year.

JJ Yeley

Yeley is a veteran at the Chili Bowl as well, making his 26th appearance at the prestigious event. He is the 2007 runner-up to NASCAR legend Tony Stewart. He will run the 2G car for Glenn Styres/Jack Yeley Racing.

Chase Briscoe

Briscoe is another driver who has good experience at the Chili Bowl Nationals. He also ran the Carolina Midget Showdown last month and will look to emulate his good run from there.

Last year, at the Chili Bowl, he finished in eighth place in the Saturday B-Main race. He will run the no. 5 car for his own team – Chase Briscoe Racing.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Christopher Bell

Bell won the Chili Bowl thrice in a row before Larson cut short his winning run last year. He also participated in the Tulsa Shootout last week, at the same venue as the Chili Bowl Nationals. Bell is set to run the 84X for CB Industries.

He is considered of the best drivers of this era in a midget car.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Christopher Bell, driver of the #95 Procore Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 07, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Stenhouse Jr. will be Newman’s teammate at Clauson-Marshall Racing, driving the 17S. He has had a good run in the past, making the Saturday A-main race thrice in the last five years.

Brett Moffitt

Moffitt will run double duty in NASCAR next season, driving full-time in the Xfinity as well as Truck Series. Before that, he will make his Chili Bowl debut with Bundy Built Motorsports.

Alex Bowman – Owner

Bowman is running a two-car program this year. His drivers will be C.J. Leary and Jake Swanson.

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FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Cincinnati Chevrolet, walks on the grid before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 29, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Apart from these drivers, the likes of former NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, Cody Ware, rising youngster and reigning ARCA West champion Jesse Love, and NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis will also take part.

The event runs from January 11 to 16, 2021.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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