Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson reportedly set to miss 2023 Chili Bowl amid award standoff

For years, the NASCAR world and the Dirt Racing world have found a bridge in the form of the Chili Bowl. Prominent names like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell faced off as fierce rivals for the prestigious title.

But this year, that may not be the case.

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Because if we believe the report of journalist Matt Weaver of Racing America, “big names” could abandon the competition this year, a boycott in other words.

Weaver reported that he asked Bell about the rumors swirling around the boycott, to which driver Joe Gibbs Racing said he didn’t know where it started and hadn’t started thinking about it, du least not yet.

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Why would pilots like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell boycott the Chili Bowl?

The main reason pilots might end up boycotting the event is simply because of the amount that is up for grabs as prize money. The thing is, the prize money for winning the Chili Bowl is still $10,000.

Now that amount hasn’t increased with the increase in the number of cars competing, basically, with the increase in the size of the event, the cost of pit passes and the overall scope in terms of broadcast rights, media rights, etc., the prize money is always $10,000.

This is something that many drivers are uncomfortable with.

“If there’s 400 cars coming through the gates it should probably be more, but if I’m them why would I if we keep coming?” pilot Justin Grant said it was necessary to raise the prize money.

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“It’s absolutely amazing that we only run for 10km,” Grant’s teammate Thomas Meseraull said. “It’s a sensitive subject, that’s for sure.”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, speaks to the media during the 64th Annual NASCAR Cup Series Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Even Kyle Larson jokingly broached this question with the Chili Bowl founder.

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“The stock market will grow” Larson said during a press conference with Emmett Hahn, to which Hahn responded, “You had your say.”

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