Tulsa, Oklahoma-Dave Darland has confirmed on social media that he has no plans to compete in the upcoming Lucas Oil Chile Bowl Nationals.
The Crown Jewel Midget event, held January 11-16 at the Reverse Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, features Darland on its entry list each year, dating back to 1998.
Darland’s absence next month will end his 23rd consecutive run of trying to race in the Chile Bowl.
The 54-year-old cited the concerns of COVID-19 and the imminent birth of his fifth grandson as the main factors in deciding to participate in this year’s Chile Bowl.
“We have no plans to participate in the Chile Bowl at this time,” Darland posted on the official Facebook page. “We have a daughter who will give birth to a fifth grandchild. I don’t want to jeopardize their health by taking something home (from the Chile bowl). There are several ride offers. But I declined. For now, my main concern is to keep myself and my family healthy, and I hope everyone understands.
“As you know, things can change, but that’s my plan at the moment.”
Darland said he plans to play a winter dirt game with USAC at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida in early February, but at this point, either in the sprint car part, in the midget part, or at both ends of the two weeks. It has not been confirmed if it exists. Incident, event.
Darland, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2017, is a career champion of the USAC Triple Crown. He won the USAC Silver Crown series crown in 1997, the USAC National Sprint Car Series title in 1999, and the USAC National Midget Series consecutive championship in 2001-02.
When it comes to chili bowls, Darland is one of the best drivers in event history who has never brought back the coveted Golden Driller Trophy. He has 15 Saturday feature starters, finishing 5 in the top 5 and 8 in the top 10. His second best career run came in 2008, almost 13 years ago.
Darland’s recent appearance in Championship A Mainfield was in the 2015 Chile Bowl.
Since Darland will not appear in the Chile Bowl next month, Johnny Murdoch will have exclusive ownership of most consecutive appearances at historic events.
Murdoch’s run in January marks his 24th Chile Bowl attempt in a row. He had previously been tied to Darland for a record in 23 consecutive Chili Bowl appearances.
Darland excludes competition in the 35th Chile Bowl
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