Kofoid Earns Runner-up Finish at Chili Bowl Nationals; Pursley Claims Hard Charger Award

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Buddy Kofoid ran in the top two throughout all 55 laps on the way to a runner-up finish in Saturday night’s 38th annual Chili Bowl Nationals to lead the Toyota contingent.  The second-place finish marks a career best for Kofoid in the Chili Bowl after previously finishing fourth in 2022.

After starting from the pole, Kofoid held the lead for the opening lap, only to see a caution wave forcing a complete restart.  As the green flag waved, Logan Seavey was able to get the jump for the lead. Kofoid would recover to retake the lead on lap four, but once again a yellow flag would wave, setting the field back to the previous lap standings.

Kofoid would run with Seavey throughout the event, but just past the half-way point, track conditions began to make passing extremely difficult just after catching lapped traffic. As the track narrowed, the top four would basically be locked in and that’s how they would finish with Seavey winning, Kofoid coming in second, followed by Corey Day in third and Toyota driver Daison Pursley taking fourth.

Pursley may have had the run of the day, earning the Hard Charger Award after driving from 20th to fourth in the first half of the race.  Making his performance even more impressive was his ‘alphabet soup’ run, starting in the D Main and driving all the way into the feature.

In addition to Pursley’s Hard Charger Award, Toyota driver Kale Drake was named the 2024 Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year after finishing 14th in tonight’s A Main.

Overall, nine Toyota-powered drivers from four different teams qualified for the 24-car A Main feature on Saturday in an event that featured 374 entries.

Toyota Chili Bowl Notes:

– Collinsville, Oklahoma native Kale Drake earned Toyota’s second consecutive Rookie of the Year award after climbing from the B Main to finish 14th in Saturday’s feature event. The 18-year-old Keith Kunz Motorsports driver was making just his second national midget start. Jade Avedisian took home rookie honors in 2023.

– Toyota pilots Tanner Carrick, Buddy Kofoid and Spencer Bayston all earned Preliminary Night features over the course of the week. 

– Jade Avedisian captured the first ‘Fuzzy Hahn Trophy’ as the top finishing female driver with an eighth-place finish in the B Main, missing out on the A Main by one position.


Buddy Kofoid, Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota: “I passed Logan (Seavey) and thought I completed a lap and the yellow came out and they said my transponder wasn’t working and put me back to second. There was still a long way to go, though, with 51 laps to go. I was able to stay with him and I thought I was a little better than him. Then we hit traffic and had a long line of cars, so I wasn’t going to be able to try to slide him until we got through traffic. Then the track started to go away and I knew we were pretty much going to have to stay at the bottom with the track conditions and that was it. The KKM guys gave me a great car. I just have to thank Toyota and Mobil 1 for giving me this opportunity.”

Daison Pursley, CB Industries Toyota: “It was unfortunate that I had to start so far back (20th), but it goes to show how good my car was. Everyone at CB Industries did a phenomenal job. I’m forever thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given by Toyota Racing, Pristine Auctions and Chad Boat Industries. (How did track conditions affect your run?) It’s hard to tell when you’re racing against drivers like Logan, Buddy and Corey, there’s really no telling. The track widened up fast and that was in my favor in being able to pass so many cars early. Unfortunately, it just locked down a little too early. Overall, though, everyone with the Chili Bowl did a good job this week. (About coming from the D) It was pretty crazy. I don’t ever want to have that much stress on me and have to pass so many cars again (laughing). Just shows goes to show how good a car I was in, where I was able to move around and do what I want. We just didn’t mesh together well on our qualifying night. Just unfortunate circumstances, but to come back on Saturday and have this great a run was pretty incredible.” 

Toyota 2024 Chili Bowl Results 

Toyota-Powered DriversHometownPreliminary FinishSaturdayStarting/Finish
Buddy KofoidPenngrove, CAA Main – 1stA Main 2nd
Daison PursleyLocust Grove, OKA Main – 16thD Main – A Main 4th
Tanner CarrickLincoln, CAA Main – 1stA Main 7th
Spencer BaystonLebanon, INA Main – 1stA Main 8th
Emerson AxsomFranklin, INA Main – 5thB Main – A Main 11th
Ryan TimmsOklahoma City, OKA Main – 2ndA Main 12th
Kale DrakeCollinsville, OKA Main – 6thB Main – A Main 14th
Cannon McIntoshBixby, OKA Main – 6thB Main – A Main 20th
Steven SnyderRising Sun, MDA Main – 4thB Main – A Main 23rd
Jade AvedisianClovis, CAA Main – 7thB Main 8th
Brady BaconBroken Arrow, TXA Main – 5thB Main 10th
Bryant WiedemanColby, KSA Main – 6thB Main 16th
Trey MarchamNewcastle, OKA Main – 7thB Main 13th
Brent CrewsDenver, NCA Main – 9thC Main – B Main 15th
Gavin MillerAllentown, PAA Main – 9thC Main – B Main 16th
Gary TaylorSnohomish, WAA Main – 10thC Main – B Main 19th
Chris WindomCanton, ILA Main – 5thB Main 19th
Blake HahnSapulpa, OKA Main – 15thD Main – C Main 7th
Jerry Coons, Jr.Tucson, AZA Main – 10thC Main 7th
Jacob DenneyGalloway, OHA Main – 17thD Main – C Main 10th
Kris CarrollClaremore, OKA Main – 13thC Main 11th
Parker Price-MillerKokomo, INA Main – 12thC Main 15th
Ricky StenhouseOlive Branch, MSA Main – 23rdE Main – C Main 20th
Alex BrightCollegeville, PAA Main – 17thD Main 6th
Gavin BoscheleMooresville, NCA Main – 15thD Main 11th
Nick DrakeMooresville, NCA Main – 19thD Main 12th
Landon CrawleyBenton, ARA Main – 20thD Main 13th
Justin GrantIone, CAA Main – 20thD Main 14th
Emilio HooverBroken Arrow, OKA Main – 20thD Main 20th
Taylor ReimerTulsa, OKA Main – 21stE Main – D Main 20th
Kenney JohnsonBethany, CTA Main – 23rdE Main 7th
Danny WoodNorman, OKB Main – 5thE Main 8th
Ryder LaplanteCalera, OKB Main – 5thE Main 9th
Jesse LoveRedwood City, CAB Main – 5thE Main 14th
Weston GorhamColleyville, TXB Main – 8thF Main – E Main 14th
Brayton LynchSpringfield, ILB Main – 5thE Main 16th
Kyle LarsonElk Grove, CAA Main – 24thE Main 20th (DNS)
Casey ShumanRattlesnake Bend, AZB Main – 8thF Main 7th
Wout HoffmansBoxmeer, NetherlandsB Main – 9thG Main – F Main 7th
Tom HarrisBanbury, OXF, UKB Main – 9thG Main – F Main 11th
Mike HessRiverton, ILB Main – 8thF Main 15th
Kyle SimonCovington, OHB Main – 7thF Main 18th
Tanner HolmesJacksonville, ORB Main – 15thJ Main – G Main 6th
Brody WakeLake Havasu City, AZB Main – 11thH Main – G Main 11th
Sean McClellandTulsa, OKC Main – 5thK Main – H Main 11th
D.J. EstesBurlington, TXB Main – 13thI Main – H Main 12th
Mariah EdeFresno, CAB Main – 15thJ Main – I Main 11th
Jace McIntoshBixby, OKC Main – 5thK Main – J Main 8th
Dylan MenzJimbooma, QLD, Aus.B Main – 16thJ Main 13th
Chad FrewaldtKansas City, KSB Main – 16thJ Main 15th
Keith MartinCleburn, TXB Main – 16thJ Main 16th (DNS)
Santino FerrucciWoodbury, CTC Main – 6thK Main 7th
Noah HarrisBroken Arrow, OKC Main – 7thL Main – K Main 9th
Dillon WelchCarmel, INC Main – 8thL Main – K Main 10th
Josh HannaFlint, TXC Main – 6thK Main 11th
Josh BaughmanOdessa, TXC Main – 6thK Main 16th
Brock BerrethTulsa, OKC Main – 8thL Main 7th
Josh HawkinsWhitehouse, TXD Main – 3rdN Main – L Main 9th
Sam JohnsonMooresville, NCD Main – 8thO Main (DNS)

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