It will be real-life Mario Kart Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway during Round Two of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series presented by Old Navy as dodgeballs will be introduced to the always entertaining Mascot Mania go-kart race.

In addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, Mascot Mania will pit the mascots against each other as they compete on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval in equally prepared go-karts. 

This year, speedway officials are adding a twist to the Mascot Mania race. Competitors will each be given a dodgeball at the start of the race. If they throw the ball at another mascot and it hits them, the mascot that was hit has to move to the back of the field.

Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, and his girlfriend Lugette look to defend their home turf. Other mascots scheduled to race include last year’s winner Rufus of the Charlotte Bobcats, Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers, Norm the Niner from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Chubby of the Charlotte Checkers, Tim E. Gator of the Kannapolis Intimidators and Monkey Joe of Monkey Joe’s Party and Play Center.

Tuesday is also Team Spirit Night at the speedway. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Charlotte-area team’s apparel. The two best-dressed fans over the age of 18 will get to compete head-to-head against one another in the Old Navy 300 where each will have to dress one of Old Navy’s Super Modelquins in 300 seconds or less. The first contestant to get all of the required garments on the Super Modelquin will win a $100 gift card from Old Navy and a pair of tickets to the Bank of America 500.

The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive free taco coupons courtesy of title sponsor, Jack in the Box. Plus, kids can have fun in the POWERADE Play Zone, featuring bounce houses, interactive games, face painting and more.

Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are $7 for adults and free for kids 13 and under with a paying adult. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing action starting at 5:10 p.m.

The Auto Country Club Legend Car Masters, Quaker Steak & Lube Legend Car Pro and NOS Energy Semi-Pro feature races that were postponed last week will run prior to Round Two preliminary action. Opening ceremonies are at 8 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.

The third annual Legends Big Money 100, the biggest grassroots racing event of the year, will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 2-3. Competitor registration for the event is still open online at Tickets for the event are $10 for adults per day and children 13 and under get in free.

For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series or Legends Big Money 100, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit

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