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Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals kicks off in Tulsa

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 08:16:47-05

TULSA, Okla. — Racers from around the world are back in Tulsa this week as they compete for bragging rights in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.

A unique track is used every year, with the clay coming from the original Tulsa Speedway.

More than 350 racers are signed up to compete this year from 40 different states and six countries.

Chili Bowl Nationals Publicist Bryan Hulbert said drivers come from every facet of motorsports including Nascar, Indy Car, Formula 1 motor racing, and World of Outlaws.

One of the draws to the Chili Bowl is drivers never have to worry about the races being cancel because of weather.

“If it rains, if it snows, we still get to race and when you throw all of that together with the fact that it’s the dead of winter, everybody is itching for a show," Hulbert said. "Everybody is itching for a race. You put over 300 of the best drivers in the world together, you win this event, then you have bragging rights for the year.”

Hulbert said the race has grown a lot since it’s beginning in 1987 with only 52 cars to hundreds of drivers and an economic impact of $30 million.

The qualifying races get started Monday night at 5 p.m. at the River Spirit Expo and are every night leading up to the finals on Saturday.

You can buy general admission tickets at the door.

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