Hardee's Summer Shootout on SPEED Channel
Run on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 10-week series has served as a training ground for such NASCAR stars as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Reed Sorenson.
The programs will be presented in back-to-back one-hour blocks on five Saturday afternoons. The first two rounds will air at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Dec. 10, with subsequent rounds following at the same times on Dec. 17, Dec. 24, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14.
Veteran broadcaster Brian Drebber will anchor the telecasts with former NASCAR driver "Tiger Tom" Pistone providing color commentary. Natalie Taylor will report from the garage area and victory lane.
The 12th annual Hardee's Summer Shootout featured three divisions of Legends Cars, three classes of Bandoleros and the Thunder Roadsters. School Bus races were run three times and the wild-and-wacky CRASHCars were in action on seven nights.
In addition to the on-track action, the telecasts will introduce viewers to young racers such as 16-year-old Eric Redmond who made the trip each week from Girard, Pa., to compete in the Lucas Oil Bandolero Outlaws division and 13-year-old Legends Car racer Jake Crum of Statesville, N.C., who has won more than 100 Bandolero and go-kart races since starting his racing career at age 6.
Several Hardee's Summer Shootout competitors have close ties to the NASCAR community including: Mike Wallace's daughter Chrissy and son Matt; Richard Childress' grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon; Dave Blaney's son Ryan; Randy LaJoie's sons Corey and Casey; Gary Nelson's sons John and William; Mark Green's son Tyler; and Larry McReynolds' son Brandon who was involved in the series' most fierce championship battle.
SPEED Channel's complete schedule is available at www.speedtv.com. Information about Legends Car, Bandolero or Thunder Roadster racing can be obtained by contacting 600 Racing at (704) 455-3896 or visiting www.600racing.com.