Chili Bowl 2015: Top 5

It was a fun week, as always. Here are my Top 5 favorite things from the 2015 Chili Bowl! 1. Racers For Autism: Bryan and his car owner, Joe, hosted a charity event on Monday before Chili Bowl – Racers For Autism. The party ended up being a huge success and was the perfect way to kick off the week! We spent a lot of time and effort planning the event, so to see it all unfold perfectly was really rewarding. Even more rewarding – we are donating over $40,000 to the Autism Society! I still can’t believe how much money we raised. We had a goal of $10,000, so being able to donate more than four times that amount is pretty incredible. I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the party a success! Thank you for donating items, buying tickets, participating in the auction, purchasing raffle tickets and most of all, thank you for coming!! I owe a big thank you to Kelly Bacon who brought me some wonderful volunteers to help run the event! And of course Bryan and I owe a big, big thank you to Joe Dooling for being such a great car owner and giving us the ability to put on an event like this! The whole thing was Joe’s idea; I just helped him plan it out! If there’s a guy in the pit area who has a bigger heart than Joe, I haven’t met him yet. I was happy to help him put the event together. The coolest part of the night was looking around the room and seeing all of our friends there! It felt really good to have their support the night of the event and then to hear all of their positive feedback following the party. Mark it on your calendar for next year… We’re going to do it again and it’s going to be even bigger!! 2. Chevy: Who doesn’t love Chevy Clauson? (Well I know a couple people, but they’re just mad that a dog is more famous than they are!) Chevy was once again a big hit at Chili Bowl! If I had a dollar for every time someone came up and asked to pet my dog or take a picture with my dog, I’d have a lot of dollars. Chevy loves people as much as they love her! Chevy was a busy pup during the week with lots of walks to be taken and people to be kissed, but she found time to sit with me at the t-shirt table selling her “Drooling for Drillers” shirts (We sold out – in partial thanks to Danica for her impromptu autograph session on Thursday night. Seriously, Chevy and Danica? Who wouldn’t buy a shirt?!). Chevy got to debut her GoPro fetch mount in Tulsa and she even wore a LoudPedal camera, so I’m excited to see if they used any of that footage for their video! The best part of the week in regards to Chevy was her firesuit. Simpson made Chevy a suit to match her dad’s and it might have been the cutest thing in the building all week… except for Levany Bacon and Owen Larson. IMG_6350 3. 63 Special: Oh, the 63 Special most definitely deserves a spot on this list. If you didn’t drink any 63 Special during the week, you missed out. We concocted a perfect drink mix and kept it flowing in the BCI pit all week. I found that the 63 Special tasted best in a styrofoam Bush’s Chicken cup. Bryan was on drink making duty every day, except Friday when Ricky took over, which is ironic considering he doesn’t drink! He might not drink it, but he can mix it! On Tuesday, after a liquor store run, the front of the trailer looked like an all-you-can-drink Skyy Vodka and cranberry juice bar. By week’s end those supplies, and others, were dwindling. I can’t give away the ingredients of our secret drink, but I can promise you it’ll make another appearance! 4. Big Daddy: Who hasn’t seen Chris Windom’s Big Daddy vine? First of all, if you haven’t seen it you can watch it here (or if you have seen it a hundred times already, go ahead and watch it again): https://vine.co/v/bQjDbF1DmWQ. It exploded during Chili Bowl after the video leaked out during a night out at the Hard Rock. It all started as an innocent showing of the video to a group of friends, then someone had the idea to tweet it, and next thing we knew it had tens of thousands of views. Six seconds of hilariousness that led to Chris forever being known as Big Daddy. He’s probably hoping that we’ll all forget about it, but what kind of friends would we be if we let that happen? This video is pure gold. The best part about it is that it stayed under wraps for more than a year, but all it took was a couple retweets from our more famous friends (Thanks, Tony!) and now everyone knows what to call Windom! 5. Rico: Rico Abreu. If Bryan’s going to lose to someone, it might as well be someone I like! I was happy to see Rico get a Driller. Chevy likes Rico too, so she was tail waggin’ for him! We sat in the stands and watched Rico win his feature on his prelim night. In fact, you can hear us (mostly me) yelling our congratulations at him on the video from Wednesday night! I’ve known Rico for a couple years now and we always seem to have fun when we’re all together. Rico’s one of the few guys at the track that I really consider a friend. He’s a genuine person, his whole family’s great, so it’s nice to see the good guys win. The other thing I really like about Rico is that he respects the sport. He hasn’t been racing for a long time, but he has a really deep respect for the history of the sport and the drivers that made it what it is, so that’s cool to see. I’m excited for him and everything he has going for the future!

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