Championship Battles and Epic School Bus Race Featuring Cabarrus County Principals Scheduled for Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series Finale
Champions will be crowned in each of the six racing divisions and one Cabarrus County school principal will claim bragging rights in a school bus battle of epic proportions Tuesday night during round 10 of the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Presented by Stock Car Steel, Championship Night will be highlighted by a school bus race featuring six local elementary, middle and high school principals who are slated to be among those wheeling the enormous racing machines in the winner-take-all slobberknocker.
The principals scheduled to battle side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper in a knock-down, drag-out fight to the checkered flag are Chuck Borders, of Pitts School Road Elementary; Greg Liddle, of Carl A. Furr Elementary; Jim Carroll, of Hickory Ridge Middle School; Jim Williams, of Harris Road Middle School; Phil Hull, of Patriots Elementary; and Todd Smith, of Cox Mill High School.
The six-tire machines are some of the most unique vehicles to compete on Charlotte Motor Speedway's pavement. Measuring 30 feet long, more than nine feet tall and tipping the scales at nearly 13 tons each, the weight of a single school bus is equivalent to the total weight of 24 Legend Cars.
As the season comes to a close, points battles are tight and several championship winners will be decided by Tuesday night's racing.
The closest of the six championship battles is in the Legend Car Masters division, where John Sossoman, of New London, N.C., has a slim 13-point advantage over Mt. Pleasant, N.C., native and longtime rival Clay Hair. Sossoman has visited Victory Lane five times this season, while consistency has been the key for Hair, who has thee wins and no finishes outside of the top three.
In the Legend Car Pro division a red hot three-way battle for the top position has taken shape as Tyler Green, of China Grove, N.C., has a 17-point advantage over Daniel Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., and Travis Braden, of Wheeling, W.Va., who are tied for second place.
In another title fight, Chase Catania, of El Cajon, Calif., leads Gregory Lang, of Davidson, N.C., by just 24 points in the chase for the Pull-A-Part Legend Car Semi-Pro division championship. Catania has two wins while Lang has captured one victory this season.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are only $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and kids under 6 are admitted free. All 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 10:00 p.m.
For more information or tickets to the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.