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Kaylee Bryson smiles from the seat of her Keith Kunz Motorsports midget. (Dave Nearpass photo)

Bryson Enters Chili Bowl With Swindell-Bertrand

INDIANAPOLIS — USAC Silver Crown Series rookie of the year Kaylee Bryson will race in the 38th Chili Bowl Nationals for legendary driver and car owner Sammy Swindell and Swindell-Bertrand Motorsports.

Bryson will pilot the four-time Chili Bowl-winning No. 91K Spike / Stanton SR11x machine alongside five-time event winner Sammy Swindell. 

Bryson will attempt to qualify for her third consecutive Chili Bowl feature event while Swindell will make his record 36th Chili Bowl appearance.

“She’s definitely putting pressure on me (to make her third consecutive feature),” said Swindell.

“I am just super excited to be able to race for one of my biggest heroes at such an important race,” Bryson said. “Sammy has been really helpful as a driver coach this year and I am very thankful for the opportunity.” 

While Swindell has won the event five times, he also has 10 Chili Bowl wins as a car owner and has high regards for Bryson and her career aspirations.

“She’s definitely focused, pays attention and has a lot of determination. She wants to do it and has passion and desire. Those things all put you ahead of the curve, and to do them all well is another bonus,” said Swindell. “I hope we both have a nice smooth week.” 

While Swindell will assume is usual duties as crew chief for both cars along with perennial crew members David Hesmer, Jackson Whitacre and tire specialist Justin Parker, additional help will be provided by LSI Racing crew members Chris Santucci and Darren Seward along with Grant Penn and Aaron Pierce from Sam Pierce Racing. 

Bryson will also run the Swayer Chassis house car No. 11b in the Tulsa Shootout. She won a Tulsa Shootout Golden Driller in 2015.