Thomas Van Wingerden of Huntersville, N.C., leads the championship chase in the two premier divisions of Charlotte Motor Speedway's Hardee's Summer Shootout as the 10-week racing series enters the homestretch.

Heading into Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Night on Tuesday, July 26, the 23-year-old Van Wingerden holds a 62-point advantage over Tolliver Smith in the battle for the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division championship.

With six of the 10 races in the record book, Van Wingerden has five top-five finishes in the Legends Car Pro division, including a victory in round six.

In the Duragloss Thunder Roadsters, Van Wingerden has a 57-point lead over Kyle Beattie. Van Wingerden has built his advantage on the strength of six top-five showings, including three victories.

The Hardee's Summer Shootout is a family affair for Van Wingerden as his older brother, Michael, and father, Tom, also do double duty, competing in two of the seven divisions. Michael, however, is the only family member with a championship trophy, having claimed the Centex Homes Legends Car Pro division title in 2003.

CRASHCars, the wild and wacky machines that are revolutionizing entry-level stock car racing, will also be in action Tuesday night, July 26. More than 20 of the brightly colored cars that feature cartoon-style themes are expected to compete.

The Hardee's Summer Shootout, which runs each Tuesday night through Aug. 16, features three classes of Bandolero racing, three divisions of Legends Cars and the popular Thunder Roadsters.

Admission is just $5 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Contact the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS for information or to purchase tickets.

Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action at 5:30 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 10:15.