Christopher Bell dominated the A-Feature on Thursday night, leading all but 2 laps. The feature win locked him into the 2017 Chili Bowl main event for the fourth time in as many years.
The starting linup of The 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals : 1. Justin Grant 2. Christopher Bell 3. Tyler Courtney 4. Travis Berryhill 5. Jake Swanson 6. Danny Stratton 7. Larry Wight 8. Daryn Pittman 9. Ronnie Gardner 10. C.J. Leary 11. Zach Daum 12. Colby Copeland 13. Shane Golobic 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 15. Jerry Coons Jr. 16. Damion Gardner 17. Gary Taylor 18. Tyler Thomas 19. Jonathan Beason 20. Tanner Thorson 21. Thomas Meseraull 22. Chase Briscoe 23. Michael Faccinto 24. Justin Peck 25. Rico Abreu
Sam Hafertepe Jr.'s Thursday night was near flawless leading up to the A-feature. He had gone from 8th to 2nd in his heat and won his qualifier from 6th to put him on the pole of the A. Unfortunately, while running 2nd in the Thursday night feature, Sam hit the cone on the restart and was sent to the back of the pack with little laps remaining.
Toyota Racing Development driver; Christopher Bell took the lead midway through the A-Feature of The 2017 Chili Bowl and never looked back—securing a 6th title for Kunz Motorsports and Christopher's 1st Golden Driller award.