INDIANAPOLIS – Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Development is making its annual voyage to Tulsa, Okla., for the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals with a strong driver lineup.
SFH Racing Development will welcome back two Chili Bowl veteran team members in Ryan Smith and Kyle O’Gara while also adding Chase Jones, who will be competing in his first Chili Bowl with the team.
“We are excited to start our season once again at Chili Bowl,” SFH Racing Development Co-Owner Wink Hartman said. “The event brings the best of the best and our team has worked hard to make sure we are ready to compete at the highest level.”
This is the eighth straight year SFH Racing Development will contest for a Golden Driller at one of the crown jewel races of midget racing. The 34th annual Chili Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 13-18.
Smith, from Kunkletown, Pa., will rejoin SFH Racing Development for the third year in a row and mark his seventh Chili Bowl appearance. He has a best finish of eighth place was a year ago in the second of two B Mains. Smith will pilot the No. 67S sponsored by Speedway Indoor Karting with associate sponsors Direct Supply and 1911 Grill.
“We have a lot of confidence in Ryan and what he brings to our team,” team co-owner Sarah Fisher said. “He had a great season in 19 and we are hoping to get him the little bit he needs to push into the A Main this year.”
Smith spent the season competing for Heffner Racing Enterprises. In 65 races he had three wins, 30 top-five finishes and 42 top-10 finishes.
Jones, from Greenwood, Ind., is making his first Chili Bowl start for the SFH Racing Development team, but is no stranger to the event or the team. This will be his fourth attempt at a Golden Driller.
He ran multiple events with the team this year, taking a win at a regional midget race at Bloomington Speedway. In 17 races in 2019, Jones had two wins and four podium finishes.
For Chili Bowl he is bringing a well-known race sponsor on board the No. 67J with Speedtown Comfort Heating and Cooling.
“We support racers because racers support us,” Speedtown Comfort Heating and Cooling owner Jerry Wilson said.
For the eighth straight year, O’Gara, from Indianapolis, will wheel a SFH Racing Development midget in a quest for a Golden Driller. O’Gara will behind the wheel of the No. 67O sponsored by Speedway Customs with associate sponsors Hartman Oil and Direct Supply.
“Chili Bowl is a great place to gauge the strength of a team,” O’Gara said. “We’ve developed a solid team over the last year or so and put in a lot of work to get us to the next level and I think that will show this week.”
O’Gara goes into Chili Bowl off of a season in multiple types of cars on multiple surfaces. He finished second in the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Pavement Non-Wing Series and also competed in Silver Crown and USAC Races.
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