Postcards From The Chili Bowl Day Three: It’s A Zoo Up In Here

When it comes to Dirt Midget racing in the United States the granddaddy of events is the annual Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pawcatuck driver Jacob Perry had originally planned to head to the event as a crew member for Kenney Johnson Motorsports, but then ended up landing a shot in the driver’s seat.

This week Perry takes RaceDayCT readers along for the full experience in his first foray into driving a Dirt Midget.

Perry will do a daily audio postcard from Tulsa to give a feel for what life is like on and off the track for a 20-year old taking in his first time at the Chili Bowl.

Perry will not only document what life is like trying to make into one of the biggest Dirt Midget races of all, but also everything else that goes into experiencing life as a driver running the Chili Bowl.

Click here to listen or click the postcard below. Access to the audio postcard is available to everyone for free through our RaceDayCT Patreon page.


  1. Well that sure was not the result young Perry had hoped for I’m sure.
    9 cars in his main event he was in and I’m thinking not that great cars at that. Perry trying to survive at the tail end of the field, a car comes down into his path and he has nowhere to go. You could see his frustration. The car got torn up taking a shot to the left front from the one car behind him ripping off the header. The guy that causes it all changes a tire and continues.
    Tough sport.

  2. The whole Kyle Larson experience escapes me but I did have a chance to see him in his heat a couple days ago and it made an impression.
    Started back in the field and as happens frequently chaos ensued on the start. Cars bumping, banging, climbing the berm and all manner of mayhem. Larson in the thick of it giving and getting and somehow ends up clearing the mess although how I have no idea. Them simply motors away to an easy win.
    Looked like a really great car and a lot of luck but what do I know.

  3. Yeah that wreck was no fault of his. He had nowhere to go. It is funny the guy who started it all got out of the wreck in the best shape. The racing at the chili bowl has been tremendous this year. The competition is so deep with stars of Nascar, USAC, WOO and LM drivers all participating in this event. Imagine having a field so full you have to run 5 nights of preliminary action in which each driver only runs one night. Last night they ran 9 heats of 8 or 9 cars. thats 72 cars trying to make a 24 car starting field A main for the night and that is one night of 5. Only the top 2 in last nights A main are guaranteed starters for the big money race Saturday. The rest go to the alphabet soup. Every driver has the opportunity to run their way into Saturdays A main by going through a series of last chance qualifiers. I read somewhere that there are 390 entries this year. There are a few races that become more than a race. This is one of them. It is quite the spectacle. It is currently on Flo tv and Saturday nights A main will be on Mavtv if you want to tune in.

    Dale Jr was called in to test the new cup car at Daytona for Kyle Larson, because the chili bowl was more important to Larson. Priorities. Honestly Kyle larson is a tremendous talent. He won 2nd time out in a dirt super late model against some of the best in the division. The regulars were dumbfounded and basically said he needs to go back to Nascar. He is always a threat to win anytime he gets into a winged sprint. In his year off from Cup he amassed a win percentage of close to 50%. I dont remember ever seeing another driver that dominant no matter what car or surface he was racing. I believe we are seeing a generational racing talent. I think a lot of people think the same as me, which is why so many people enjoy watching Kyle Larson race. He finished second in his qualifying night at the Chili Bowl. He will be racing satruday night’s A main and will probably be one of the betting favorites.

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