Mopar Speed – January 9th – CHILI BOWL

Kasey Kahne Heads Up Team Mopar 2007 Chili Bowl Autograph Session

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Kasey Kahne (above), along with Team Mopar Chili Bowl drivers Jerry Coons Jr., Kevin Swindell, Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Josh Wise, Sammy Swindell and Dave Darland, will take part in an autograph session this Friday from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. during the 2007 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, at the Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Booth in the Tulsa Expo Center. The eight drivers are part of a field of more than 20 Mopar-powered entries that will vie to win the Mopar $10,000 bonus, awarded to the midget car that takes the checkers in the Chili Bowl main event utilizing a Mopar powerplant.

NASCAR Nextel Cup star Kasey Kahne, owner of Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR), and a group of Team Mopar drivers including Jerry Coons Jr. as well as KKR drivers Brady Bacon, Kevin Swindell and Bryan Clauson, will participate in an autograph session at the 21st annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals this Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Kahne, recently named team owner for Mopar’s factory-backed efforts in the USAC National Sprint & Midget Car Series and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, will sign autographs for the first 150 people at the Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Booth in the Tulsa Expo Center. He will be joined at the signing session by seven of the more than 20 drivers who will compete at the 2007 Chili Bowl with Mopar power.

Scheduled to join Kahne at the signing session are Jerry Coons Jr., the 2006 USAC National Midget Car champion, who, like Kahne, will drive for Wilke-PAK Motorsports at the Chili Bowl; Kevin Swindell, one of Kahne’s newly signed KKR drivers, who will drive for Swindell Motorsports; and 16-year-old Brady Bacon, another of the “Young Guns” in the Team Mopar KKR roster. The 17-year-old KKR driver Bryan Clauson will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs as well.

Josh Wise, who claimed the 2006 USAC National Sprint Car title for Team Mopar, will also take part in the session, as will multiple USAC National champ Dave Darland. Both will drive Mopar-powered midget cars for Wilke-PAK Motorsports during the Chili Bowl. Sammy Swindell, three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion, owner of Swindell Motorsports and father of KKR’s Kevin Swindell will also participate in the signing.

The 21st annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals begin Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, with pre-qualifying. Qualifying is set for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Oklahoma Dodge Dealers Championship Feature will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. For more info on the 2007 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, log on to chilibowl.com.

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