Bright & Pauch Jr. Teaming Up For Chili Bowl

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Alex Bright (77) will have a teammate in Billy Pauch Jr. for the Chili Bowl Nationals in January. (TeeJay Crawford photo)

TULSA, Okla. — Two of the most prolific drivers from the northeast will join forces for the 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, as Alex Bright and Billy Pauch Jr. team up to compete in the annual midget classic.

The 2018 edition of the crown jewel event will be held Jan. 9-13 at the Tulsa Expo Center.

“I’m excited that I’m going to have two really good cars out there,” said Bright, a native of Collegeville, Pa. “I’ll have a really good driver as my teammate … so with a lot of luck I’m looking forward to both of us putting it in the A-main.”

Bright has been a fixture at the Chili Bowl since 2012, with a best championship A-Main finish to-date of fourth in 2014. Two years later, Bright came out victorious, winning his first-ever prelim night.

Pauch’s last visit to the Chili Bowl came back in 2013, where he finished 14th on his qualifying night and made it as far as the C-Main on Saturday.

“That race has over 300 drivers trying to qualify all week for just one night,” noted Pauch. “You have to be on-top of your game. I think with what we have we should come out of the box rolling pretty good.”

Degre Engineering and Wyckoff Roofing will be the pair’s primary sponsors for the event, and the team will bring two Elite Chassis with them, with Bright behind the wheel of a brand new Elite.

“I’ll be running the car Alex ran the past two years at the Chili Bowl,” Pauch said. “He had a lot of success in that car and ran fourth in Saturday’s A-Main with it. It’s been five years since I last raced out there so as a driver I feel like I’ve grown a lot and am looking forward to having a really good race car and teammate to take to out there.”

Bright’s results have proven the success that Elite Chassis can have at the Chili Bowl.

“The results show,” Bright said. “I think we have a really good shot, especially with Ed Heffline on the wrenches.”

Bright and Pauch are well known for their on-track rivalry at their Wednesday night home track in 600-micro sprint action, but the uncanny combination will have all eyes in the northeast tuned on this year’s Chili Bowl.

“Alex and I have been competitors for the past couple of years,” Pauch said. “We’ve both have had mutual respect as drivers on and off the track. I’m looking forward to teaming with him and his crew.”

“If we get to the A-Main, then we can duke it out,” laughed Bright.

CREDIT: Mandee Pauch Relations

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