An evening of monster truck mayhem awaits Charlotte-area scouts and their parents, followed by sleeping under the stars in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway after the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Scout Camporee package provides scouts with a ticket to the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello, a campout in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield, a commemorative sleepover patch and a light breakfast Sunday morning.

This year marks the eighth-consecutive camporee at the speedway and several Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs have made it out every year to enjoy the metal-mashing machines at the Monster Truck Bash. More than 70 scouts have signed up to take part this year.

"Where else can you go camping and while you're setting up your tent, there are racecars circling the track around you?" said Brian Drake, cubmaster of Pack 151 in Indian Trail. "Then you go and see what every kid loves, monster trucks, then come back to your tent and go to sleep in the middle of one of the most well-known race tracks in the Southeast? It is an amazing experience and every year our scouts have a blast."

This is the third year that Drake's group has participated in the camporee and his scouts enjoy the chance to camp out in the middle of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.

"The uniqueness of the experience is hard to match. Sleeping in the middle of an active racetrack is a very cool experience, and the openness of the facility is great. The boys get to walk around the track and they are always amazed at the steepness of the banking in the turns. Plus, what boy, no matter the age, and myself included, doesn't love to hear the roar of monster trucks while they race around the track!"

Tickets for the sleepover package are $15 for children ages 13 and under and $27 for adults. Tickets for scouts who only want to attend the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash are just $9 for children and $23 for adults. The deadline to register for the sleepover is Monday, Aug. 4.

The Aug. 9 Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello will include appearances fromfan favorites Bigfoot, Avenger, Equalizer, Hooked, Red Solo Truck, Stone Crusher, Walking Tall and Wrecking Crew.

The monstrous machines will compete in head-to-head elimination challenges over the region's most thrilling outdoor obstacle course and face-off in an insane freestyle competition.

Festivities for scouts and fans begin with the Circle K Pre-Race Pit Party from 4-6 p.m., where they can meet the monster truck drivers, get autographs and have their pictures taken with the enormous racing machines. Ticket holders can stop by area Circle K stores and bring a Mello Yello fountain drink cup for early admission to the Pit Party.

Fans can also ride in a real-life monster truck. This year, two ride trucks will be on hand throughout the event. Ride vouchers can be purchased in advance for just $5 by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Vouchers can be purchase for $10 at the event.

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Reserved seats for the Aug. 9 Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello are $25 in advance and $30 the week of the event for adults and $10 for children 13 and under.

For tickets to the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the speedway's ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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