Christopher Bell finishes 2nd to Tanner Thorson at Chili Bowl Nationals
Previous Outdoor Camping World Truck Series chauffeur Tanner Thorson scored his very first Chili Bowl Nationals win Saturday, holding back NASCAR Cup chauffeur Christopher Bell in the last laps.
Thorson’s win snapped the five-year streak by Bell and ruling Cup champ Kyle Larson. Bell had actually won 3 in a row. Larson had actually won the previous 2 years.
Rico Abreu completed third, Michael Kofoid put 4th and Tanner Carrick was 5th. Larson put 6th in the 55-lap race in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
C.J. Leary, who drives for Alex Bowman‘s team, was seventh. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished ninth. Kaylee Bryson, who became the first woman to run the A main in Chili Bowl history, was 18th. NBC Sports broadcaster Dillon Welch was 22nd.
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Thorson, who ran 11 Truck races in 2018, suffered severe injuries in an intense highway crash in 2019. He suffered a damaged left arm, split breast bone, damaged ribs and a punctured lung in the event.
Thorson completed fifth in the USAC nationwide midget standings last season.
Bell began on the pole and led much of the race till Thorson managed with about 20 laps to go. Bell managed Thorson briefly on reboot with 5 laps to go however Thorson rapidly managed and went on to win.
“This is pretty awesome,” Thorson informed MavTV after the race.
Bell informed MavTV: “We’ll try again next year.”
Previously Saturday, previous Cup champ Chase Elliott turned in his F function race and did not end up, positioning 19th.
“I’m fine,” Elliott informed FloRacing. “Those guys kind of checked up, and (I) jumped a wheel and went for a ride. Feel good. We’ll try again and hopefully be better next year.”
Here is how other NASCAR rivals did Saturday:
Alex Bowman completed second in his C function and transferred to the B function. He put 11th because race and did not advance to the A primary.
Chase Briscoe completed sixth in his C function and missed out on advancing to the B function by one area.
Ryan Newman completed 13th in his C primary and did not advance.
Previous NASCAR chauffeur Kasey Kahne completed ninth in his B primary and did not advance.
Jesse Love stopped working to advance from his D function, positioning 17th.
JJ Yeley completed third in his F function to advance to the E primary. He stopped working to advance beyond that, positioning 11th.
Carson Hocevar was 2nd in the J function to proceed to the I include. He put 10th because race and did not advance.
Ryan Ellis put 11th in the L primary and did not advance.
Jesse Little completed ninth in the M function and did not advance.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.