There will literally be tons of fun and activities even before the first car gets crushed during the Circle K Monster Truck Bash on Saturday Night, Aug. 16, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Festivities begin with the Circle K Pre-Race Pit Party where fans can meet the Monster Truck drivers, have their pictures taken with the 11-feet tall trucks and obtain autographs. Ticket holders can gain early entry to the Pre-Race Pit Party by purchasing a bottle or can of Vault at any Circle K store and presenting the empty container at the gate.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early because the first 3,000 people through the gate will receive a commemorative autograph poster and a special Circle K Pre-Race Party Pass lanyard. Inside each lanyard will be a Circle K Gift Card worth at least $1 and one lucky fan's lanyard will contain a $1,000 gift card.

The Circle K giveaways don't stop there. During opening ceremonies, Circle K will reward four lucky fans. Two winners will receive $500 gift cards and the other pair will each win a $250 gift card. Circle K Gift Cards can be redeemed at any Circle K store and are good for all merchandise including gas.

Avenger, Equalizer, Raminator and Samson are among the eight gargantuan machines scheduled to participate in the evening of car-crushing destruction. Their custom-built, fuel-injected engines produce between 1,500 and 2,000 horsepower and the mammoth vehicles can jump 110 to 115 feet-a distance greater than 14 cars side by side.

Early entry for the Pit Party starts at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5. The Circle K Pre-Race Pit Party concludes at 6:30 p.m. with on-track activities starting at 7:30.

If purchased in advance, reserved seats for the Aug. 16 Circle K Monster Truck Bash are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Adult seats are $5 more the day of the event. Parking for all events at The Dirt Track is free.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.