Which Other NASCAR Drivers Will Face Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott at the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals?

Published 12/22/2020, 1:08 PM EST
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


In January, one of the most anticipated events in the NASCAR off-season is set to take place – the Chili Bowl Nationals. For this year’s edition, there are a number of well-known NASCAR drivers on the roster. As it turns out, there are reportedly 209 provisional entries for the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals, and Kyle Larson is one of them.

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Aside from defending Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion Larson, others include reigning Cup champion, Chase Elliott. Apparently, this is Elliott’s second overall appearance in a Dirt Midget race.

Also joining the grid is Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, Kasey Kahne, and many more.

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LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Who else will Kyle Larson be up against?

Although Larson is one of the favorites, it does not mean that he has a sure shot at Victory Lane. 410 Sprint Car champions Brad Sweet and Aaron Reutzel will also be vying for the win in Oklahoma.

Other contenders include USAC National Midget champion Justin Grant and 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, climbs into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Admittedly, this is not the final list, and the entries are expected to flock in as the days pass by. In fact, last year’s edition of the Chili Bowl Nationals reached 359 entries. The year before that, there were around 362 entries for the iconic race.

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As always, the event runs from January 11th to the 16th at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. Of course, owing to the current global circumstances, there will be a number of COVID-19 restrictions at the event, including grandstands as well as pit passes at 25 percent capacity.

Kyle Larson will be on a mission for the 2021 edition of the Chili Bowl Nationals. As the defending champion, he will be keen to add a second consecutive win at the dirt track.

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However, Christopher Bell will also harbor a similar mindset, having won three times on the trot, before Larson snapped his streak in 2020.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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