Can School Bus Racing Cure Xanthophobia?
While clinical studies have yet to start, track officials are hoping the thrill of watching the behemoth school buses battle bumper-to-bumper and fender-to-fender on the quarter-mile paved oval will be the answer for those who suffer from the fear of the color yellow.
Perennial School Bus race winner Mr. Bill, of Charlotte radio station WRFX; FOX Charlotte¿s wild-and-wacky weatherman Mark Mathis; and the always zany Lug Nut, who will drive the bright yellow bus, are expected to be among the competitors.
Heading into the final night of the 10-week Summer Shootout series, championships are still up for grabs in six of the seven divisions of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing.
Twelve-year-old Nicholas Pope of Taylorsville, N.C., has won seven consecutive features in the Bandolero Young Guns division and has that title in hand. All the other championship fights are extremely close, including the Legends Car Masters division where Phil Sharpe leads Eddie Harwell by only eight points.
The Domino¿s Pizza Ball Toss, where fans can win tickets to the Oct. 11 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup event, is also on tap.
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 5A 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 starting at 5:25 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10:15.