Fans attending opening night of the 13th annual Summer Shootout Series Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway can expect tons of fun as wild-and-wacky school bus racing joins the traditional slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster action.

Tipping the scales at more than 13 tons, the weight of a single school bus is equivalent to the total weight of the 24 Legends Cars that will comprise the starting lineup for the 20-lap Pro division feature.

Each of the behemoth racing buses is 30 feet long, 112 inches tall and rides on six tires, making them the most unique vehicles to battle on the Charlotte Motor Speedway pavement.

"School bus racing is motorized mayhem at its finest," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The school bus race will feature several of the brightly painted machines racing bumper-to-bumper and window-to-window on the tight confines of the paved quarter-mile oval. The buses will be driven by an array of local personalities including legendary school bus racer Dirty Dan the Fan, Boz the Bumper Basher and Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot.

The 10-race Summer Shootout runs each Tuesday night through Aug. 8 with a special Monday night event on July 3 creating a holiday doubleheader.

Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action at 5:30 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and concludes by 10:30 p.m.

Contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS for information.

2006 Summer Shootout Series Ticket Voucher Books:
Charlotte Motor Speedway is pleased to now offer Summer Shootout Series tickets as an undated ticket voucher book format. Fans will now have the opportunity to purchase a 10 ticket voucher book good for any 2006 Summer Shootout Series event. These vouchers must be redeemed at the box office or Gate 4 to receive entry into the speedway. They can be used in any incriment you would like. Use all 10 for one night, 2 tickets for 5 events, or come on your own for all 10 events. This ticket voucher book is available at a discounted rate of $40.00, a 20% savings off gate prices. Undated ticket voucher books are only available though the Group Sales Department as an advance purchase. Books are not available day of event. For more information or to order your undated ticket voucher book, call 704-455-3294 or at