In yet another Fans First initiative, Charlotte Motor Speedway will bring a world class barbeque competition to race fans during Coca-Cola 600 Week.

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the invitation-only Prilosec OTCR BBQ Shootout Series will feature 14 professional teams, honorary judges, cooking demonstrations, food sampling and total posted awards of $15,000, with $2,500 going to the Grand Champion. Competitors will sell varieties of barbecued chicken, pork and beef sandwiches, ribs, brisket and sauces with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Speedway Children's Charities and the NASCAR Foundation.

"This is an innovative new competition that includes award-winning pit masters and barbecue teams from around the country," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "They'll compete for the prestige and prize money of an event championship, but the real winners will be the fans that get to taste all the food fresh off the grills this weekend."

Competitors will sell their products starting Thursday on Windstream Pole Night near the speedway's main entrance off Highway 29. Judging will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Prilosec OTCR display located in the souvenir area on Bruton Smith Boulevard. Awards will be handed out at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday preceding the Coca-Cola 600.

SPEED Channel will film the competition for national television broadcast at a later date.

Lotta Bull BBQ from Marietta, Okla., Wood Chicks BBQ from Chesapeake, Va., Texas Rib Rangers from Denton, Texas, and home-state favorite Tarheel Smokers from Hertford, N.C., are among the award-winning competitors.

Tickets are still on sale for Thursday's Windstream Pole Night, Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 and Sunday's historic 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600. Fans can purchase tickets at the gates on event days or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket services department at 1-800-455-FANS.