VENTURA, Calif. – Kruseman Motorsports has entered six cars in the 33rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals next week in Tulsa, Okla.
The six-day event will begin with preliminaries running from Monday through Friday. The finale will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Two-time Chili Bowl champion Cory Kruseman, owner of Kruseman Motorsports, has announced that Tristan Guardino, Josh Lakatos, Mike Mehl, Christopher Polvoorde, John Dyson and Gage Rucker will pilot the fleet of midget race cars in Tulsa, Okla.
Guardino, who finished second in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship standings last year, will be in the Lucas Oil/Kwik Change Products No. 16K. Guardino has five wins in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series.
Pasadena, Calif.m racing veteran Josh Lakatos will be in the Lucas Outdoor Line/Brown and Miller Racing Solutions No. 21K in Tulsa. A stuntman by trade, Lakatos is not only known in the sports world as a race car driver. The 45-year-old won a silver medal in trap shooting in the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Four-years later, Lakatos again represented the USA in trap shooting in the Olympics in Australia.
Mehl will be driving the No. 18K Parker Stores/Motion and Flow Control Products midget at the Chili Bowl. If the name Mehl sounds familiar to those in the racing world, it should. The Oregon residents’ father, Leo Mehl, was the racing director for Goodyear from 1974 through 1996. He was also executive director of the Indy Racing League and is enshrined in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Hemet, Calif., 18-year-old Polvoorde will be behind the wheel of the Palms Resort/FK Rod Ends/Lucas Oil Speedway No. 94K in Tulsa. The teenager is a regular in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series, where he is coached by Kruseman. No stranger to the winner’s circle, Polvoorde finished on top of the podium two times last year in the Pro Lites in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series and ended up third in the year-long championship.
Dyson is headed to Tulsa from his home in Buffalo, N.Y., and he will be piloting the Lucas Oil/Sander Engineering No. 52K. A member of the famous New York Dyson racing family, John is following in the footsteps of cousin Chris, who has been a part of the Kruseman racing stable driving sprint cars in years gone by. After his debut in a midget at Tulsa, Dyson will head west 15 to 20 times this year to race for Kruseman in California in midgets and sprint cars.
Rounding out the six-car team will be Chili Bowl debutante Rucker. The Bellflower, Mo., racer will have a relatively short drive to Tulsa for the January race. An accomplished kart racer, Rucker made a couple appearances in Kruseman cars in the USAC Western States Midget Series last year. At the Chili Bowl, the young racer will be in the Lucas Oil/Margay Chassis No. 11K.