Bojangles' Summer Shootout Kicks Off 23rd Season on June 14
The Bojangles' Summer Shootout, the world's premier grassroots racing event, begins its exciting 23rd season of bumper-to-bumper racing action with a bang on Tuesday, June 14 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a full slate of entertainment including the first night of Legends Cars and Bandoleros racing on the frontstretch quarter-mile as well as a school bus race featuring members of the North Carolina Public Transit Association.
NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, David Ragan and Kurt and Kyle Busch honed their skills with valuable seasoning in Legends Cars before they moved to full-sized stock cars. Rising NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Daniel Hemric, road-racing sensation Sean Rayhall and dirt late model standout Jonathan Davenport also used the Bojangles' Summer Shootout to climb the racing ladder.
Some of the drivers to keep an eye on this year include 15-year-old Austin Green, the son of 1994 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion David Green, 19-year-old Tyler Truex - whose cousin, Martin, won last month's Coca-Cola 600 - and Carson and Caden Kvapil, the sons of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Travis Kvapil.
Tuesday's school bus race includes eight state public transit drivers ready to put their lead feet to the test. The field, which is in Concord this week for the North Carolina Public Transit Association Expo consists of:
Jason Woznac - TransDev
George Linney - Greensboro Transit Authority
Adam Fox - CTS Software
Michael Blakeney - CK Rider
Angel Gentry - Go Durham
Carol Long - OUTS
Bill Barlow - Atkins Global
Kelly Blazey - FAST
Along with the action-packed racing that comes with every night of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout, fans can also have fun by taking part in family-friendly games, getting autographs from the future stars of motorsports, and following all the action using the hashtag #LetsBoRacing on social media.
Additionally, fans around the world who can't make it to the Bojangles' Summer Shootout can watch the best grassroots racers battle it out via SpeedwayTV live stream. With production support from the Performance Racing Network, SpeedwayTV will broadcast all 10 races with host Ford Martin and play-by-play from Charlotte Motor Speedway public address announcers Steve Post, Tony Stevens and Lenny Batycki.
Fans can find the free live stream of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com, USLegendCars.com and GoPRN.com as well as on the US Legend Cars YouTube channel starting at 7 p.m. each night.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m., and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at charlottemotorspeedway.com. Check local Bojangles' locations for a $2 off coupon. Fans can also watch half-hour weekly Bojangles' Summer Shootout shows on MAVtv.