The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT), and free vuvuzelas are expected to add to the noise level at round five of the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The modifieds are often referred to as “rolling thunder,” and vuvuzelas are the popular South African noisemaker made famous during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Known for fast-paced short-track racing and intense on-track battles, the NWSMT features popular drivers such as Andy Seuss, the 2009 series runner up based out of Hampstead, N.H.; Burt Myers, a former Bowman Gray Stadium track champion featured on HISTORY’s documentary series “Madhouse”; and L.W. Miller, a former series champion. Often drivers from the series’ northern cousin, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, also participate.

Several regulars in the NWSMT will run the 20-minute exhibition Tuesday night on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval in preparation for the series finale, the UNOH Southern Slam 150, which will be held Oct. 14 as a part of the NASCAR Bank of America 500 Weekend.

A modified car is the oldest type of car used in NASCAR. The cars weigh only 2,645 pounds including the driver’s weight, while a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car weighs 3,450 pounds with the driver. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified car is powered by a V8 engine producing 625 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 150 mph.

The modifieds have a unique open wheel design and use the largest tire of any NASCAR Touring series with a tread width of 83.75 inches due to the extra wide right-side tires.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits tracks throughout the southeast, beginning the 2010 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finishing it on the quarter-mile at the Mecca of Motorsports, Charlotte Motor Speedway during Bojangles’ Pole Night, Oct. 14.

In addition to the NWSMT exhibition, the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series, which runs each Tuesday night through Aug. 10, features two classes of Bandolero racing and four divisions of Legend Cars.

The roaring 625-horsepower engines of the NWSMT will be in direct competition with 200 vuvuzelas, the noisy stadium horns brought to international attention during broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa. Vuvuzelas will be offered to the first 200 children through the gates Tuesday night.

The speedway’s Summer Food Drive kicks off this Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans who bring canned goods to the Summer Shootout or Legends Million during the month of July will receive $2 off the purchase of an adult ticket.  All canned goods collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte, N.C.

Tickets for the Kangaroo Express 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 about the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office by phone at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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