Chili Bowl Entry List Up To 144

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Tracy Hines is set to compete in the 2016 Chili Bowl. (Dave Hill photo)
Tracy Hines is set to compete in the 2016 Chili Bowl. (Dave Hill photo)
Tracy Hines is set to compete in the 2016 Chili Bowl. (Dave Hill photo)

TULSA, Okla. – The list for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is at 144 entries with 10 still seeking a driver for hire.

Of the 132 confirmed drivers that make up the early list, 31 enter as Chili Bowl rookies with another 13 drivers having made the cut on Saturday night.

Tracy Hines, currently leads the A-Feature count at 13. Piloting the Bob Parker/Toyota No. 24, Hines will also oversee three other drivers during the Chili Bowl with Nick Drake, Chase Briscoe, and Mark Lowrey under the stewardship of the 2005 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals champion.

Keeping in line with Indiana drivers, second in A-Feature count on a still early list of contenders is Shane Cottle. A best finish of runner-up in his first attempt in 2000, “The Throttle” is scheduled to pilot the Kenneth Love No. 71x.

A trio with five feature starts, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman will again wheel the family owned No. 21. Notching A-Feature start No. 5 in 2015, Arizona’s Casey Shuman looks to make the show again; this time in the No. 32B for Brian Dunlap. Also with five is Pennsylvania’s Steve Buckwalter who last made the call in 2011.

Skipping four and three, drivers with a pair of A-Feature appearances include Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon who is slated to jump behind the wheel of the Frank Manafort/Brad Noffsinger No. 76m. Chris “Critter” Malone will be in the Seven, LLC No. 7CH. with Don Droud, Jr. looking to put the Skip Smith Motorsports No. 44 in the show on Saturday night.

Drivers entered who are in search of that second Saturday A-Feature include Kevin Ramey, Tony Roney, Andrew Felker, Andrew Deal, and Shane Hollingsworth.