Fans attending opening night of the 15th annual Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway can expect tons of fun as wild-and-wacky school bus racing joins the traditional slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Car action.

Tipping the scales at more than 13 tons, the weight of a single school bus is equivalent to the total weight of the 24 Legends Cars that will comprise the starting lineup for the 20-lap Pull-A-Part Pro division feature.

Each of the behemoth racing buses is 30 feet long, 112 inches tall and rides on six tires, making them the most unique vehicles to battle on the Charlotte Motor Speedway pavement.

The school bus race, presented by Toyota of Concord, will feature several of the brightly painted machines racing bumper-to-bumper and window-to-window on the tight confines of the paved quarter-mile oval. The buses will be driven by an array of local personalities including Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot.

The 10-race Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout runs each Tuesday night through Aug. 12.

Admission is just $7 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 or visit us online!