As if race fans needed any additional incentive to attend the Chili Bowl, event organizers are offering more enticement for the 2020 edition of the mega event. Brand new for the upcoming year’s event is the Fan Fest on Sunday, January 12. The fan-friendly gathering officially serves as the kickoff party for the 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
“Last year we started moving teams in on Saturday and finished up Sunday in order to give everyone a little more time to get set up. That got us thinking of ways to connect the teams and the fans in a way that wasn’t while the teams are focused on racing, we don’t have cars moving, and everyone can just have some fun,” commented Chili Bowl Competition Director, Matt Ward.
A free event for the public, fans will be able to roam the pits of the Chili Bowl Nationals starting at 1:00 P.M. (CT). During that time, teams will have their apparel for sale, autograph sessions, and interactive Q&A Sessions until 4:00 P.M. with some of the event’s elite drivers, owners, and coordinators.
Sticking around for the fun, fans will also be treated to free concert featuring Pryor, Oklahoma’s Blake Turner Band from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. (CT).
“I’m a big fan of dirt track racing, so to be asked to perform for the Chili Bowl, I’m really excited. A lot of my fans like dirt track racing too, and for the ones that haven’t been, it’s a chance to make them fans too,” Turner noted.
Along with Fan Fest, the Chili Bowl Trade Show will also be open for fans to explore. Free to the public all week, the Trade Show features everything from racing memorabilia to home décor. The Trade Show will open at 1:00 P.M. and runs through the end of the concert.
The 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl is set for January 13-18, 2020 inside the Tulsa Expo Center. The event pits the best Midget drivers in the country against one another. Christopher Bell claimed his third Golden Driller trophy in 2019 after topping a thrilling last-lap battle with fellow NASCAR racer, Kyle Larson. With the victory, the Oklahoman became a three-time, event champion.