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Tyler Courtney. (Frank Smith photo)

Courtney Joins Forces With Abacus For Chili Bowl Run

INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Courtney will pilot Abacus Racing’s No. 57 entry in the upcoming Lucas Oil Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Courtney is the 2019 USAC National Midget champion, 2018 USAC National Sprint Car champion and two-time series champion of the All-Star Circuit of Champions (2021-’22).

With an extensive résumé that includes 26 USAC National sprint car wins, 13 USAC National midget wins and 2 USAC Silver Crown wins, Courtney is excited to bring his experience to a team that is currently leading USAC National Midget series points.    

“I have had a lot of success in racing, but until you get a Golden Driller, you will always feel that there is a void on your trophy shelf,” Courtney said. “To drive for Abacus (Racing) at the 2024 Chili Bowl Nationals with the year they are having, I know I have a good chance.” 

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Tyler Courtney’s ride for the 2024 Chili Bowl.

Brent Cox, Team Principal for Abacus Racing, knew he was going to have a void to fill in the No. 57 car with current USAC National Midget points leader Logan Seavey driving for Kevin Swindell in the Chili Bowl Nationals to defend his Chili Bowl Nationals win last season.

“Logan let us know early in the year that he was committed to Kevin for the 2024 Chili Bowl Nationals, so we knew it was very important for us to find an experienced driver to fill that seat,” Cox said. “We feel very confident we have done that with Tyler.”

The package that Abacus Racing will run for the Chili Bowl is one that Courtney is familiar with from his midget days with Clauson-Marshall Racing. 

“One plus is the year they are having, but another plus is that they run a Spike Chassis with CSI Shocks and a Stanton SR-11x engine so it is a package I am familiar with,” continued Courtney. 

Primary sponsorship will come from long-time Courtney sponsor NOS Energy Drink. 

“I have had some success at the Chili Bowl in prior years, winning rookie of the year in 2011 and a prelim night win in 2017, but the goal is to make that A-main on Saturday night and work to finish the night on the top step of the podium.” Courtney said.  “I believe that Abacus (Racing) can give me that chance, but to get there a lot of things need to go your way along with having a great car. 

“I look forward to getting to Tulsa to see what we can do as a team.”