“When I saw Aaron get in the mix-up early, I definitely thought we had a better shot at winning that race,” said McIntosh, making his first start with five-time defending Chili Bowl champion KKM. “Tyler scared me getting by on the restart, but we were able to get back past him. I was able to get back on it, then we went three-wide there and I was able to retake the lead. Then I found a groove at the end. I came into this weekend and just wanted to make the main event on Saturday. I never thought we’d be in Victory Lane tonight.”Cannon McIntosh
While McIntosh dominated much of the race upfront, Reutzel was turning in a memorable performance, driving back through the field to claim the third spot in the final laps, setting him up to start Saturday’s B Main from the front row.
“We had a great race car,” said Reutzel afterward. “It was a little disappointing to come in third. We went to the back of the pack and I was able to get some good runs and make it back up to third. We’re still in a good position, though, and we’ll start from the front of the B on Saturday.”Aaron Reutzel
All eight Toyota-powered cars advanced to Monday’s A Main, taking four of the top-five finishing positions as Pickens would finish fourth and Zach Daum captured the fifth spot. Kevin Thomas Jr. placed seventh, Brady Bacon was 14th, Zane Hendricks placed 19th and Ryan Hall was 20th.This year’s Chili Bowl Nationals features more than 350 entries - each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s “A Main” feature event. Qualifying continues for each of the next four nights with eight more Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify on Tuesday.