Small business owner makes the Chili Bowl a family affair

It does not take a professional racing career, corporate sponsor and large team to be…

Andrew Deal raced Saturday at the Chili Bowl Nationals where speeds can reach more than 80 mph.

It does not take a professional racing career, corporate sponsor and large team to be competitive in the “Super Bowl of midget racing.”

That is something Caney, Kansas native Andrew Deal and his family held onto this week as the small business owner raced against hundreds of drivers, 11 NASCAR national series regulars among them, at the Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Center.

Deal placed 7th in the D-main race Saturday after qualifying in a Thursday race, despite a small wreck. While he did not move on in the competition — the top five in the D-main qualified for the next race — Deal’s final position placed him ahead of hundreds of drivers.

“(In sports) If you have a lot of money, you can pay your way into it. You’re only as good as the equipment you’re in. The Chili Bowl is a little different in that it puts everyone on kind of the same playing field,” Deal said.

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