Local Media to Race School Buses during Summer Shootout Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Titans of the local airwaves will battle for bragging rights and short-track supremacy while racing school buses on the frontstretch quarter-mile during Tuesday’s Summer Shootout Series at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
The roster of fearless pilots behind the wheel of each 13-ton behemoth are News 14 sports anchor Tim Baier; Brentson Buckner, co-host of WFNZ’s Frank and Buck Show; Alan Cavanna, reporter for WSOC-TV; Bruce Snyder, sports director at Fox Charlotte; David Whisenant, reporter for WBTV; and one yet-to-be-named driver from WCNC. Joining the melee on Tuesday will be the world’s fastest mascot, Lugnut.
The school bus race is the first round of the inaugural Media Mayhem at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, where Charlotte-area media will go head-to-head in three different races over the course of the next three months vying for the soon-to-be coveted “Majestic Microphone of Motorsports.”
Media Mayhem is only part of the full docket of Legends Car and Bandolero racing during round five of the Summer Shootout Series. The competition is sure to intensify Tuesday when all six regular divisions will race for double points, meaning the points earned for each racer’s respective finish will be doubled and credited toward the series championship. Division battles are tight with leaders in four of the six divisions nursing leads of 20 points or less, which is sure to add to the volatility on Double Points Night.
The Summer Shootout Series features drivers from 8-year-old youngsters to Social Security recipients. NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, David Ragan, Reed Sorenson and the most recent Sprint Cup Series winner Joey Logano are among those who honed their skills in the 10-week series that runs every Tuesday night through August 11.
Nearly 200 cars jam the Summer Shootout Series pit area each week as two classes of Bandoleros and four divisions of Legends Cars battle on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval.
Summer Shootout Series admission is just $7 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series 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 5:25 p.m. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Media Mayhem school bus race scheduled to run at approximately 9:00 p.m.
For more information on the Summer Shootout Series or any of the upcoming events at Charlotte Motor Speedway including the NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Sept. 17-20, or the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America on Oct. 17, call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.