Conor Daly thinks it’s time for him to retire from midget racing
Today, the Chili Bowl Nationals are underway. A full alphabet of LCQ races are taking place ahead of tonight’s main event.
Watch the Conor Daly crash video below.
The indoor dirt race takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s held inside the Tulsa Expo Center on a tiny 1/4-mile bullring track.
It’s the biggest dirt midget race of the year. However, it attracts professional drivers from many disciplines. That includes INDYCAR driver Conor Daly who grew up in open wheel territory but spent his time in asphalt road racing machines as he climbed the ranks.
Daly was a part of Friday’s preliminary action. He finished 8th of 9 in heat two. He then finished 3rd in the D main, missing the transfer spot into Friday’s C Main.
The result placed him deep in the alphabet soup on Saturday. He was placed in the O main. Meaning he would have to go from the back to the front in 13 races to qualify for the main event.
Daly started the O feature from the pole and and went up and down from their. Daly went into turn one on the bottom and the car immediately bicycled. Then, the car was sent into a series of cartwheels.
His Saturday running came to an end without a single lap completed.
Conor Daly comments on the crash
“Really respect all the dirt racers out here,” Conor Daly tweeted after the crash. “Such a tough form of driving to get good at.”
“I feel like I just turned into a corner this morning and started cartwheeling. No idea why.
He added, “Think it’s time to retire from midget racing. Been fun trying to learn. Onto @IndyCar 2022.”
The Chili Bowl Nationals field is loaded with the stars of NASCAR and Indycar.
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