Where to Watch the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals
Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals will take place in 2021, albeit with a capacity reduced by 75 percent as ordered by the Oklahoma Department of Health.
As a result, more people will be watching from home than ever before, especially with a star-studded entry list that includes stars from every major discipline in the world taking on the weekly weekend warriors of dirt midget competition.
For the second year in a row, the event is a six-day affair that begins on Monday night at the Tulsa Expo Center and runs through Saturday night.
MAVTV will broadcast the main event on Saturday night, Jan. 16, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. The HD broadcast includes the C-Mains, B-Mains and A-Main main event. The three-hour telecast will air again following the conclusion of the checkered flag.
With more than 300 entries, the 2020 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals field has attracted top American racers including stars from Midgets, Late Model Dirt, Super Modified, World of Outlaws, NASCAR, NHRA and USAC. Drivers hail from 30 U.S. states, plus international competition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, making it the world’s largest indoor race.
NASCAR stars Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, who have combined to win the last four Chili Bowl titles, are among the headliners. Fellow NASCAR competitors J.J. Yeley, Chase Briscoe, Ryan Newman, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman will also compete alongside IndyCar regular Santino Ferrucci.
Five-time event winner Sammy Swindell, defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Brad Sweet and Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel also on the entry list, along with Midget aces Michael Pickens, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom and two-time Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu.
For those who do not have access to MAVTV, the final three mains will also be broadcast live online at LucasOilRacing.tv and its associated mobile app. The LucasOilRacing.tv site is behind a paywall that costs $99.99 for an annual subscription to racing content or $6.99 for a monthly subscription.
Note that the $6.99 pay level is good for a reduced menu of racing offerings and does not include the Chili Bowl Nationals. To get the Chili Bowl on LucasOilRacing.tv, you’ll have to subscribe for the year. The subscription also includes Lucas Oil Sprint Cars and Lucas Oil Late Model races, half the ARCA Racing Series schedule and several other pavement divisions associated with Lucas Oil.
MAVTV can also be found via a $10 monthly subscription to the NKT.tv platform.
The remainder of the Chili Bowl Nationals, Monday-Saturday afternoon, which includes qualifying, the Race of Champions, heat races and Saturday’s alphabet soup will be available on the FloSport site via its $150 a year subscription platform.
The Chili Bowl Nationals preliminaries and alphabet soup will not be made available via PPV purchase this year.
The FloSport platform is also home to the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series and USAC National Midget series.
Each night of racing from Monday-Friday begins at 6 p.m. ET. The alphabet soup begins on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET.
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