I have to admit that I am not an expert in this subject. But after my first experience (even though it was only for a few of the 5 days) at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa I think I get it.

If you’re not a race fan and you hear someone say “I’m going to a midget race,” that could conjure up a lot of different images. In fact, I had that exact conversation with someone. We talked a lot about the socially correct (I can’t say politicallycorrect right after an election year) terms that should be used in such a discussion.

So here’s what I found out:

1. There are a LOT of races when you have 274 cars entered.

2. Most races consist of 12 or so midgets and are 10 laps or less until the final day, final few races.

3. There’s a lot of sitting around on days 1-4 because nothing much happens until after 5:00.

4. There is a distinct difference in the sound of the engines of the midgets that race in the last several features or main races. The K feature midgets have engines that sound like thousands of mosquitoes. The A feature midgets have engines that are deeper sounding (like a bass instead of a tenor).

5. If it’s an indoor race, even if it’s pouring and freezing outside, go get some fresh air every few hours.

6. On the last day there are features and mains. Between each feature they allow practice. If you sit by someone who knows what’s going on it really helps (me on day 2). If not, it will take you about 4 hours to figure out what’s going on (me on day 1).

If you like racing even a little bit, you should definitely experience a midget race. As I heard over and over, “now that’s some good racin’!”