Chili Bowl Nationals racing event returns for 35th year with COVID-19 precautions

The Chili Bowl Midget Nationals returns to Tulsa for its 35th annual event and with new safety measures in place this year.

The Chili Bowl is considered the greatest race on earth – the “Super Bowl” of midget car racing.

Racing begins Monday evening at 6 p.m., but crews have spent the last two days setting up and preparing the quarter-mile dirt oval for the race at the River Spirit Expo Center.

The Chili Bowl has an entire section on its website devoted to its COVID-19 safety plans.

He says he is reducing his overall seating capacity to 25% and also limiting pit passes.

Anyone watching the races, working on the races or participating in the races will have their temperature checked before entering the exhibition center.

Masks are mandatory, except for eating or drinking. And pilots will not have to wear a mask during their races thanks to their helmets and fire protection equipment.

The Chili Bowl said anyone who refuses a temperature check or refuses to wear a mask will be asked to leave.

The event’s free trade show, a longstanding tradition, is also up and running with more than 100 vendors showcasing racing products, apparel and more.

The Chili Bowl wraps up its six-day race on Saturday night.

For more information on the event, click here.

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