CRASHCars, the unique entry level racing machines inspired by "CARS" creator John Lasseter, return to Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night when Peach Auto Body presents round two of the 10-race Summer Shootout Series.

"The Summer Shootout has always been an evening of motorsports entertainment for the entire family, and the CRASHCars take the fun factor to a new level," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"The idea for the CRASHCars came from John Lasseter, the man behind the 'CARS' movie," Wheeler explained. "He says that if you don't establish a villain within the first two minutes of a movie, you have lost the child's attention. There needs to be a good and a bad. So, we have taken that concept from the movies and applied it to race cars."

Virtually any full- or mid-sized convertible, coupe or sedan can be transformed into a CRASHCar. Station wagons, limousines, Checker Cabs, El Caminos and even hearses are eligible while trucks and sport utility vehicles are not permitted.

Each car must have a cartoon-style theme and feature brightly colored paint and graphics. The CRASHCar rulebook is designed to maximize safety while minimizing costs.

In addition to the CRASHCar race, the 13th annual Summer Shootout, which runs each Tuesday night through Aug. 8 with a special Monday night event on July 3, features three classes of Bandolero racing, three divisions of Legends Cars and the Thunder Roadsters.

Admission is just $5 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. 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 is scheduled to conclude by 10:15. For information, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.