TULSA, Okla. – The Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions will enter its ninth year with a field of 20 former VIROC winners, owner champion choices and Chili Bowl driver champions set for the 20-lap shootout.
Normally a $2,500 to win event for these select drivers, this year’s race will bring an added bonus to the winner thanks to Doug and Mary Harris with HE&M SAW, as well as Greg and Kim Stewart with Fast Lane Racing Apparel.
In honor of Bryan Clauson, the winner will walk away with an amount to honor Clauson’s No. 63, with the winner earning $6,363.63.
“We talked about different ways to honor Bryan’s many successes on the track,” said Greg Stewart, whose daughter Lauren was engaged to Clauson. “Paying the winner of the VIROC $6,363.63 seemed like the thing to do. Bryan will always be our favorite Chili Bowl champion.”
“Bryan embodied the spirit of competitiveness and kindness that we at HE&M Saw believe in,” added Doug Harris. “We are proud to be part of honoring the 2014 Chili Bowl champion.”
Nevada’s Tanner Thorson is the defending champion of the VIROC. Earning his entry into the eight annual event via the National Midget Driver of the Year, his VIROC triumph gives him a permanent entry into the annual Tuesday shootout.
Without the win, Thorson would have been in again as back-to-back National Midget Driver of the Year. In eight previous races, the Swindell name has ruled with Sammy taking four and Kevin one. The only other winners include Brad Loyet, Kyle Larson and Thorson.