Members of the local media will take it four wide on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Media Mayhem returns for round three of the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series on Tuesday night.

Far different from racing against the clock to meet their daily news deadlines, this Tuesday these media members will be racing six-wheeled, 30-foot, 13-ton school buses around a treacherous quarter-mile of asphalt.

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Media Mayhem Series began in 2009 and pits area media outlets against one another in a three-race series across three racing disciplines at the Mecca of Motorsports. While the first race is the school bus slobberknocker on Tuesday at the Summer Shootout, media members will also race at the Bellagio of drag strips, zMAX Dragway, as well as the 16-turn go-kart road course in the speedway’s infield later in the summer. 

In 2009, WSOC-TV reporter Alan Cavanna won the inaugural Media Mayhem school bus race, however it was NewsChannel 36 who took home the three-race series championship.

“Coming into this year’s Media Mayhem, I think that we have all of the momentum,” said an extremely confident Herman Towe, producer and photographer for NewsChannel 36. “To dominate like we did last year shows what NewsChannel 36 is capable of as a team. It’s going to be fun defending our championship and it won’t be easy to take it away from us.

“And let’s not forget, I had ACL and MCL surgery during the offseason on my left knee, two days before Denny Hamlin had similar surgery. Look what that has done for the No. 11 Toyota team. Thanks to Charlotte Motor Speedway for putting on the event and we look forward to being ‘the hunted’ during round one.”

In addition to the Media Mayhem school bus race, Round Three of the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series has a full docket of Legend Car and Bandolero racing action.

Tickets for the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series are only $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and kids under 6 are admitted free. All tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action at 5:30 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and concludes by 10:00 p.m.

For more information about the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office by phone at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online.

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