Most of the stars of NASCAR you hear and see today have years of diverse racing experience under their belts before they make it to the big leagues. Joe Ryan Osborne, a driver in the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, is trying to get ahead of his future competition by doing just that.

At only the age of 17, Osborne, of Kannapolis, N.C., has more than a decade of racing experience on his resume. After trying just about every other sport imaginable, Osborne found where he truly belonged. The calling to go fast came to him when he was 4 years old from watching his dad race dirt bikes.

After three years of racing dirt bikes, Osborne graduated from two wheels to four, when he got his first quarter-midget at the age of 7. Safety had a big hand in this decision, but so did the desire to race in whatever car he could.

Osborne spent eight years building a name for himself in quarter midgets, both on dirt and on asphalt. Before transitioning to the next level in a Legend Car, he accumulated eight national championships and three Grand National championships.

Legend Car racing though proved to be a different beast compared to what Osborne was used to. In order to keep himself at the top of his game, Osborne came straight to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series to try his luck and hone his skills.

"Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway has the best competition and gives me more exposure being so close to home," said Osborne. "Plus, I like racing the Legend Car because they are shorter races and you have to get stuff done pretty quickly."

Giving credit to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Osborne has quickly adapted his driving style to the Legend Car Semi-Pro division. But racing in all different types of vehicles isn't as easy as jumping into the car and pushing the gas pedal.

"Every time in Monday practice, the first practice, I'm always two-tenths of a second slower just because I'm trying to get back used to a Legend Car," said Osborne. "I've just got to tell myself what car I'm in, and just remember how to drive it."

In only his third full year in a Legend Car, Osborne has recorded his best season ever with three wins and placed himself at the top of the point standings of the Semi-Pro division.

"I've never won in Summer Shootout before this year, and now I've won three races," said Osborne. "Hopefully I will stay on top."

To add to his already outstanding resume, Osborne has started competing in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) at Bowman Gray Stadium in both a Super Late Model and a Modified. With only three races under his belt as a rookie in PASS, Osborne has finished in the top 10 every time.

Osborne is continually looking for another chance to improve his racing skills and move his way up the ranks. He hopes to make his start in the K & N East Series next year, and ultimately move from there to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and on to the Sprint Cup Series.

With only two rounds left in the 2013 Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Osborne hopes to wheel his No. 13 Legend Car into victory lane at least one more time and walk away with the Semi-Pro division championship.

The 20th annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Monday, July 29, with a Grudge Match bus race featuring Max Papis and Miguel Paludo, and the AutoFair car cruise; and on Tuesday, July 30, with Champion's Night, fireworks and Bowman Gray Stadium Stocks, in addition to regular Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions. On Monday, to celebrate the birth of the royal baby, fans who show a photo ID proving their name is George will receive one free admission to the Summer Shootout Series. 

Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are only $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Kids 13 and under get in free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m., and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.

Racing will be televised on the Fox Sports South network, with a recap show airing each Monday following the event at 6 p.m. and a re-air the following Saturday. Fans should check their local listings for more information.

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

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