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Bryan Clauson takes Chili Bowl victory

Jan 19, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

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Bryan Clauson took his overdue first win in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals A-main on Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla. To do so, he had to hold off four-time defending champion Kevin Swindell and a host of other challengers on the dirt.

“I’m just really relieved I didn’t throw it away because these guys are really good,” said Clauson, via the official race website.

Clauson took the lead with an inside pass of Caleb Armstrong on the sixth of 55 laps, and wasn’t headed the rest of the way. Swindell, meanwhile, was locked in a battle with Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu for second; the three swapped the spot in the late stages of the race on a series of slide jobs before Abreu spun on Lap 48.

Bell ended third with Alex Bright and Dave Darland completing the top five.

Chad Boat made it to 10th place in the 24-car field by the finish while Kyle Larson’s charge from 15th into the top five was halted with an engine issue. Other NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kasey Kahne and J.J. Yeley all competed in the preliminaries but failed to advance into the A-main.

Clauson has long been a star on dirt, and he was able to make his IndyCar debut in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, in a second car for the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team. He was also one of Chip Ganassi’s development drivers on the NASCAR side. His performance Saturday night, which was televised live on MAVTV for the first time, again made onlookers take notice.

  1. timaug - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    SPEED WOULD HAVE HAD THIS FOR US TO WATCH,

    BUT FOX XSCREWEDX UP THE SPEED CHANNEL !

    THANKS FOX !

    • indycarseries500 - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      They never showed it live before and it was on MavTV

    • indycar02 - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      what do you expect, all they know is stick n ball sports. their mentally challanged.

  2. Jeff - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I’d like to see Clauson back in an IndyCar in 2014.
    Unfortunately IndyCar teams believe on older retreads than up and coming drivers.

  3. indycar02 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    about 30 years ago sarah mcune started on pole and won in midgets at flatrock speedway (mi). were there any female drivers in this race?

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