The most unique vehicles in motorsports will tackle the largest outdoor course in the southeast at the 15th annual Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello on Saturday, Aug. 9. Fans of all ages will feel the thrill as eight high-flying monster trucks including the original monster truck Bigfoot, Avenger, Equalizer, Hooked, Red Solo Truck, Stone Crusher, Walking Tall and Wrecking Crew and more compete in a daring freestyle competition and head-to-head racing over the huge obstacle course.

The event is the perfect outing for the whole family before the kids go back to school and will also feature a pit party and autograph session as well as exciting freestyle motocross demonstrations. For early entry to the pit party, fans can stop at any Circle K and pick up a Mello Yello and redeem the empty cup at the gate. During the pit party, from 4 to 6 p.m., fans can get an up close look at the monstrous machines that will compete in the event.

Monster trucks typically tip the scales at nearly five tons. Their custom-built, fuel-injected engines produce nearly 2,000 horsepower and the gigantic machines can jump 110 to 115 feet—a distance greater than 14 cars lined up side-by-side.

In addition to checking out the trucks and watching the competition, fans can find out what it's like to climb in one of the 11-foot tall, 2,000-horsepower machines with monster truck rides. Ride vouchers can be purchased in advance or at the event.

A monster truck driver autograph session with all of the drivers will follow the conclusion of on-track activity and will be held at the end of the Turn 4 concourse.

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. Reserved seats for the Aug. 9 Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash presented by Mello Yello are $25 in advance and $30 the week of the event for adults and $10, or just a buck a truck, for children 13 and under.

For tickets to the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash, visit or call the speedway's ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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