Kasey Kahne finishes fifth in Friday's A main at Chili Bowl Nationals

Christopher Bell dominates qualifying, will get chance to defend Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title

Christopher Bell dominates qualifying, will get chance to defend Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title

Among the entries Wednesday are former Chili Bowl victor Rico Abreu and Donny Schatz, eight-time World of Outlaws champion who made his Chili Bowl debut previous year.

Starting second in the Keith Kunz Spike/Toyota, Abreu pounced on polesitter Tyler Thomas on Lap 15 and never relinquished the top spot as he completed a ideal evening at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.

This week marks Abreu's first time back in the auto since taking a months-long hiatus following a nasty crash in September at the Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.

TULSA, Okla. - went back to victory lane on the opening night of the Chili Bowl Nationals. Abreu joined friend Kyle Larson in advancing to the Super Bowl of Midget Racing.

Bell, whose 2017 highlights included winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, earned one of the three spots in the 24-driver main event Saturday night on the quarter-mile dirt oval as he led flag-to-flag in his 25-lap feature Thursday. The top three finishers each night earn automatic berths into the main event. Larson won his race Tuesday night, and drivers in Toyotas have won the first two nights at the Chili Bowl. There have been no reported injuries.