NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma in January to compete in the 36th annual Chili Bowl Nationals with the main sponsorship of Kansasland Tire. In his fourth Chili Bowl Nationals, Ellis will compete with a new team, Shophouse Racing. The team is owned by close friend and fellow NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill and his family.
In addition to sponsorship from Kansasland Tire, Ellis will be joined by audio-video specialists, florists from Rich Mar, Limetree Marketing, Barbell Apparel, Keen Parts, Steve Hilker Trucking and Superlite Cars, all of whom will be featured on No. 97R Boss. Dwarf.
Kansasland, principal sponsor of Ellis, is the Kansas headquarters for tires and wheels, automotive services, and commercial / agricultural services. The company has more than 40 locations in five states, including 25 locations in the state of Kansas. It now ranks among the top 40 independent tire companies in North America and serves more than 5,000 customers daily through its various operations. “If you run out of air or need repairs, these guys care!” To find a location near you, schedule the service, or learn more about them, visit www.thetirestore.com.
While Ellis raced for 27 years in NASCAR, IMSA and many other series, he only raced a few times with a dirt midget ahead of the Chili Bowl 2022, with his first start scheduled for the 2015 Chili Bowl. Ellis has raced 88 races in NASCAR’s top three series, including six Cup Series starts. Prior to NASCAR, Ellis competed in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Series, winning his first two starts in the series and finishing top rookie in the ST class. Despite a lack of clay court experience, this event will forever hold a very special place in Ellis’ heart.
Ellis quote: “The Chili Bowl is an event that means a lot to my family. My grandparents sent me shirts of every event growing up. My family have been racing since 1958, made their dirt debut, and I know how much dirt racing means to my family. Story aside, it’s really fun getting back into a dwarf and going back to basic racing. The Chili Bowl is one of the best motorsport events in the world and is a must see for fans. It’s an event I can attend with no other expectation than just having fun. I’m glad Kansasland and my other partners joined me for this event – we couldn’t do it without them, ”said Ellis.
Audio video specialists, owned by Ellis’ close friend Casey Elliott, will be a sponsor for Ellis and the No.97R Boss Midget. Audio Video Specialists is a family business specializing in the design, sale and installation of commercial and residential audio / video systems. They are able to create systems that are custom designed to meet all of their client’s needs and budgets and are able to serve clients nationwide. With over 25 years of combined industry experience, their management staff have the skills, knowledge and experience to exceed your expectations without breaking the bank. Let them be “Your AV Specialists” at https://youravspecialist.com.
Rich Mar Florists will be back for their second Chili Bowl with Ellis. Rich Mar sponsored Ellis in several events in 2021 and is looking to join Ellis again in 2022 with his new team, Alpha Prime Racing, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Rich Mar Florist has been the local Lehigh Valley florist since 1955. From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to provide flower arrangements at events large and small. Serving and sponsoring the NASCAR world, Rich Mar Florist is also a proud track partner of Pocono Raceway and Dover Speedway.
Lime marketing will also be back for their second race as a Chile Bowl sponsor. The company was also Ellis’ co-lead sponsor in the NASCAR Xfinity series at Road America in 2021. Limetree is a behavioral marketing company dedicated to making marketing smarter and more effective by uniting data, behavioral science and design. . Rooted in science, our proven approach delivers actionable insights that dramatically improve the ability of marketers to target the right people with the right message. Through a unique combination of proven processes, skilled professionals and proprietary technology, we’ll help you reduce your expenses, maximize your performance, and reclaim the time to focus on other aspects of your business.
Steve Hilker Trucking, INC is another sponsor back on board this year. They also sponsored Ellis to the 2021 Chili Bowl and the Kansasland Klash midget race in Garden City, Kansas, where Ellis was headlining along with his friend, NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto. Steve Hilker also gave Ryan his first chance to test a Sprint Car, the # 911 Sprint Car normally driven by Ty Williams. Will we see Ellis in an official race behind the wheel of another car from Steve Hilker’s Sprint Car team? Stay tuned to find out! Steve Hilker Trucking is a second generation family business based in Cimarron, Kansas specializing in transporting livestock in the Midwest.
Keen Parts / CorvetteParts.net, Ellis’ main sponsor for the majority of his 2021 and 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule, will be featured on No.97R. Corvettes are all they do, so whether you’re looking for a complete interior for your vintage ’53 Corvette or a performance accessory for your ’11, they have the Corvette part you need and the expertise you want. For the exterior of your Corvette, they’ve got you covered bumper to bumper. They even have emblems, moldings, grilles, bumpers and brackets, fiberglass, exterior trim and weatherstripping. For the interior, they have steering wheels, seats, dashboards, consoles, carpeting, door panels, seat belts, interior trim and fasteners. Under the hood they have everything from air filters and exhaust systems, air conditioning, radiators and valve covers to the decals and the correct fasteners to screw everything back on. For more information, please visit www.CorvetteParts.net or call 1-800-757-KEEN (5336).
Dumbbell clothes and Ultralight cars will also join Ellis for the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Fans can see Ellis and the Kansasland Tire No.97R Boss Midget online at FloRacing.com. The link is here.
Calendar of Ellis’s Chili Bowl 2022:
Friday January 14 – Ellis qualification night
Saturday January 15 – Featured Lucas Oil Championship events *
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