E3 Spark Plugs will be “livin’ on Tulsa time” next week, as the song lyric goes. We’re co-sponsoring the 25th Anniversary Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals (a.k.a. the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals), held at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds’ Tulsa Expo Raceway January 11-15. Known as the world’s premier indoor dirt track racing extravaganza since 1987, the Chili Bowl Nationals this year features nearly 270 competitor representing 29 states plus New Zealand and Australia.
This year’s event carries some very familiar names. All but two of the 25 drivers who battled it out in the 2010 event’s 50-lap finale are back for another shot at the championship title. Missing from the tracks this year are Kasey Kahne, who is recovering from a recent knee surgery, and Darren Hagen, who is home recovering from injuries he sustained in a late season crash.
The event includes four nights of qualifying races sponsored by Warren CAT, Vacuworx International and River Spirit Casino, culminating in the Lucas Oil Championship and other feature events. Be sure to stop by the trade show, open to the public each day throughout the week (Tuesday-Saturday) and free of charge. More than 100 vendors covering 20,000 square feet will show off a range of racing products, apparel and more. Look for the E3 Spark Plugs booth!
Tickets and pit passes for the Chili Bowl Nationals nightly events are available by calling 918-838-3777. A few tickets may be available at the gate, but the stands fill up quickly and producers expect a bigger-than-ever draw for the 25th anniversary run. So we recommend getting your tickets and pit passes early. Can’t make it to the tracks? Listen to live audio coverage on www.racinboys.com or see the tape-delayed broadcast on Speed TV.
E3 Spark Plugs is proud to be a co-sponsor this year and wishes all the racers the best of luck!