CHILI BOWL NATIONALS
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Chili Bowl Nationals Tickets
Event: Chili Bowl Nationals
Sponsors: Lucas Oil, General Tire
Headquarters: Tulsa, Okla.
Location of events: River Spirit Expo Center
Chili Bowl Nationals TicketsOnce sponsored by the Chili Bowl food company, this midget Nationals race is known simply as The Chili Bowl and is considered vehicle racing's winter nod to the Super Bowl. The event features over 200 race rigs, bleacher accommodations for thousands of sports fans and a large trade show. The Chili Bowl event hosted in Tulsa's River Spirit Expo Center brings together champions from all across the United States. The presence of racing luminaries such as five-time Chili Bowl winner Sammy Swindell is what makes the event one of the greatest Midget racing attractions one is likely to witness. The organizers of this event since the beginning have been Emmett Hahn and Larry Edwards. Around 15,000 spectators come to cheer on their favorite racers every year as they make 55 laps around the track and you can be one of them! Get your Chili Bowl National tickets right here at StubHub.
What is the River Spirit Expo Center like?The River Spirit Expo Center boasts 448,000 square feet for events and showcases all manner of events throughout the year. It is considered one of the largest clear-span buildings in the world. The location boasts one of Tulsa's iconic monuments, a 76-foot-high statue known as The Golden Driller that is a tribute to the petroleum industry, which was erected back in 1966. The statue has served as the grand entrance to the Expo Center since its beginning. One of the key characteristics that make the Expo Center so ideal for the Chili Bowl is that its indoor setting protects the dirt track from sun and wind which allows for the racers to give their best performances.
How do the four nights of qualifying races work at The Chili Bowl?At 2:00 PM each day, drivers draw for heat racing starting positions on the chalkboard. A number of heat races occur which then determine the advancement of the racers from heat races to features based upon passing points in the heats. The drivers that earn the most passing points move on to a series of qualifying races, ultimately dwindling down to the top drivers that race for the ultimate glory on Saturday night.
Who are some past champions of the Chili Bowl?Some of the champions of the past decade have been Kevin Swindell from 2010-2013, Bryan Clauson in 2014, Rico Abreu for 2015-2016, Christopher Bell from 2017-2019 and Kyle Larson in 2020.
How many times had Kyle Larson driven in the Chili Bowl before winning in 2020?The 2020 Chili Bowl was the 13th time Kyle Larson had raced in the event before winning the Golden Driller statue. He had been bested by Christopher Bell in the prior year's race in the final lap. In 2020, however, he managed to keep pace the first 38 laps before taking the lead coming off of Turn 2. He then held off Bell to earn his first trophy.
Who has won in previous years at the VIROC race in The Chili Bowl?The Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions (VIROC) is a special race at the Chili Bowl that features driving all-stars that have placed in the Top 3 of previous Chili Bowls and the Top 2 of VIROC events. Previous winners have included Tanner Thorson, Chad Boat, Kyle Larson, Sammy Swindell, Kevin Swindell and Brad Loyet.
What is the trade show that takes place during the Chili Bowl?The trade show that takes place during the Chili Bowl is free and open to the public each day of the races and features a number of racing products, apparel and other racing-related goods from 100 vendors. Get your Chili Bowl National tickets and event information at StubHub.
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