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What offseason? Tony Stewart assembles Chili Bowl champ team

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Now this is just getting silly. Weeks after winning the Sprint Cup championship and then taking down Indy Car drivers at the Indy Carting Classic, Tony Stewart is mounting an assault to take down his third Golden Driller Trophy at the 26th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

The festivities begin Jan. 10, and Stewart will be part of a four-man team that includes Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bryan Clauson and Jake Blackhurst. All four are reigning champions in their various divisions and fields.

The Chili Bowl goes down at the QuikTrip Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stewart hasn't raced there since 2008; that year, he finished 8th in the finals. But he's bringing the above ride, dubbed "Back in Black," to the race thanks to some sponsorship from Chevrolet Performance Parts. (We're thinking Stewart doesn't have to do a whole lot of begging for money right about now.)

For more info, check out And if you go, by all means, reach out to us here. We want photos. Cotton candy. Souvenirs. Perhaps even some chili.

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