Bryson Lands KKM Ride For Chili Bowl Nationals

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Kaylee Bryson will pilot a Keith Kunz Motorsports midget at the Chili Bowl Nationals. (Jacob Seelman photo)

TULSA, Okla. – Toyota Racing Development driver Kaylee Bryson will make her third attempt at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in January, and she’ll do so with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports.

Bryson was confirmed as the second of an expected 10 drivers in the KKM Chili Bowl lineup on Wednesday. She drove full time for the team this season, impressing across both USAC and POWRi starts aboard the JBL Audio-backed No. 71 Bullet-Toyota.

The 19-year-old Oklahoman landed in an L main on Saturday during her Chili Bowl debut in 2018, before taking a year off from the event to regroup.

She came back this past January in the No. 7k for McQueen Racing and improved to an I main, but Bryson is looking for much more with the team that has won five of the last six Chili Bowl main events when the 35th edition hits Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway Jan. 11-16.

“I’m super excited to be running the Chili Bowl with Keith Kunz Motorsports for the first time,” Bryson said. “I’m beyond thankful for everyone on this team and Toyota for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

In 22 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series feature starts this year, Bryson’s best finish was third after starting on the pole at Caney Valley (Kan.) Speedway in July.

She earned one top five and five top 10s in USAC competition, improving on those numbers in POWRi action, where she had three top fives and 11 top 10s in 17 feature appearances.

Bryson’s best run of the season came on July 10 at Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway, when she ran second to teammate Buddy Kofoid as part of a KKM podium sweep that included Daison Pursley, who finished just behind her in third.

Bryson joins Tucker Klaasmeyer, who was revealed to be returning to KKM on Tuesday, as part of the team’s Chili Bowl roster. Additional announcements are forthcoming.