According to the School Bus Information Council, school buses are the largest mass transit program in the United States with some 440,000 yellow buses transporting more than 24 million children to and from schools and related activities on every school day.

However, there will be no students on board as the checkered flag, not the neighborhood school, becomes the final destination when school bus racing returns to Lowe¿s Motor Speedway Tuesday night, June 24, during round three of the 10th annual Summer Shootout Series.

Tipping the scales at nearly 13 tons each, the behemoth school buses will battle window-to-window and bumper-to-bumper, often entering the turns three abreast, on the tight confines of the frontstretch quarter-mile oval.

The NASCAR Celebrity Grudge Match will feature the third annual slobberknocker between FOX NASCAR commentators Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds. After winning their first two meetings, McReynolds looks to remain undefeated in the Winston Cup-style convertibles. Randy Haigler and Marsha Hoffman, both of Charlotte, were the lucky winners selected from among fans at the June 17 event and they will ride along with Hammond and McReynolds during their Tuesday night battle.

Running each Tuesday night through Aug. 12, the Summer Shootout Series also features three classes of Bandolero racing, three divisions of Legends Cars and the extremely popular Thunder Roadsters.

Admission is just $5 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 with kids under 6 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 5:25 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10:15.