On Saturday night, Kyle Larson led every lap of the 55-lap A-main feature to clinch his second consecutive Chili Bowl Nationals trophy. The new Hendrick Motorsports star in NASCAR showed once again why he is the ‘king of midget dirt racing,’ holding off Justin Grant and Tanner Thorson for the win.
All eyes were on the battle between NASCAR competitors Larson and Christopher Bell for the Golden Driller Trophy. The battle was certainly living up to expectations until just two laps to go, when Bell crashed and went for a wild triple spin that ended his race.
Luckily, Bell remained unharmed. He finished the race in 13th place, missing out on his fourth title in five years.
Meanwhile, reigning NASCAR champion Chase Elliott failed to proceed from the F-main race earlier on Saturday as he finished in seventh place. However, Elliott put in an impressive run, considering this was his maiden Chili Bowl appearance and he hardly has any experience at such events.
Despite being one of the favorites to clinch the title, Larson admitted that he was extremely excited after winning the race, letting out a huge roar in his car.
“I think anytime you win your first event, it’s like, massive, big, a big weight off your shoulders. And this year, I’m just excited, I was screaming probably just as much inside my helmet after the race,” Larson expressed in a post-race interaction.
At the same time, he also admitted that the atmosphere was very different this year due to the pandemic-induced restrictions for fans and everyone inside the venue.
“You get out of the car and the atmosphere here in the building was way different. You look around and they’re already starting to clean up. There’s not a fan left inside the stadium…That’s what made this win feel different,” Larson explained.
Meanwhile, there were other drivers with NASCAR connections who were part of the action on Saturday as well . Here’s how they performed: