TULSA, Okla. – Kicking off the 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire with a little bit of fun, fans will have a chance to meet the teams, check out the cars, and be entertained as Fan Fest hits the lineup on Sunday, Jan. 12.
“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, and 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,” said 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 p.m. CT.
During that time, teams will have their apparel for sale, autograph sessions, and interactive Q&A Sessions until 4 p.m. with some of the event’s elite drivers, owners, and coordinators.
Sticking around for the fun, fans will also be treated to a free concert, featuring the Blake Turner Band, from 5-8 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,” commented Turner. “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.”
Based out of Pryor, Okla., the Blake Turner Band is routinely featured at Track 5, located inside Tulsa’s Hard Rock Casino.
Along with Fan Fest, the Chili Bowl Trade Show will also be set up for fans to go through.
Free to the public all week, the Trade Show features everything from racing memorabilia to home décor. The Trade Show will open at 1 p.m. and run through the end of the concert.
The River Spirit Expo Center will close at 9 p.m. CT.