TULSA, Okla. – Dave Darland has actually verified on social networks that he does not prepare to complete in the upcoming Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
The crown gem midget occasion, established for Jan. 11-16 inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla., has actually included Darland on the entrance listing annually going back to 1998.
Darland’s lack next month will certainly finish a run of 23 straight years that he’s tried to race at the Chili Bowl.
The 54-year-old mentioned COVID-19 worries as well as the approaching birth of his 5th grandchild as the major variables bring about his choice to rest this year’s Chili Bowl out.
“At this time, I’m not planning on attending the Chili Bowl,” Darland created in an article to his authorities Facebook web page. “We have a child that results from supply our 5th grandchild as well as I don’t wish to threaten their wellness by bringing something residence to them (from the Chili Bowl). I’ve had a couple of deals for trips yet have actually transformed them down. Right currently, my major worry is to maintain myself as well as my household healthy and balanced, as well as I wish every person comprehends.
“As we all know, things can change, but those are my plans at this point.”
Darland did note that he intends to race at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in very early February for Winter Dirt Games with USAC, though it’s not verified right now whether that will certainly be for the sprint automobile part, midget part or both ends of the two-week event.
A 2017 conscript right into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Darland is an occupation USAC Triple Crown champ. He took the USAC Silver Crown Series crown in 1997, the USAC National Sprint Car Series title in 1999 as well as back-to-back USAC National Midget Series champions in 2001-02.
When it pertains to the Chili Bowl, Darland is just one of the very best motorists in occasion background to have actually never ever taken residence the sought after Golden Driller prize. He’s a 15-time Saturday attribute starter with 5 top-five as well as 8 top-10 surfaces. His finest occupation run of 2nd came almost 13 years earlier in 2008.
Darland’s latest look in the champion A Main area was throughout the 2015 Chili Bowl.
With Darland not contending in following month’s Chili Bowl, Johnny Murdock will certainly presume single belongings of the document for many successive looks in the historical occasion.
Murdock’s run in January will certainly note his 24th Chili Bowl effort straight. He was formerly connected with Darland for the document at 23 straight Chili Bowl looks.