School Bus Racing, Monster Truck Rides and Championship Battles Highlight Rounds Nine and Ten of Summer Shootout Series
The Summer Shootout Series is set to go out with a bang as fierce on-track battles for the championship, school bus racing and monster truck rides will highlight the final two rounds of the 2011 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Monday night will mark the return of the “Guns n’ Hoses” school bus slobberknocker featuring police officers and firefighters battling in the enormous 13-ton machines on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval to see who can take home the win and claim the bragging rights.
Those expected to run include Chris Watts and Justin Cagle from the Mooresville Fire Department; Lt. Jimmy Lentz of the Cabarrus County EMS & Cold Water Fire Department; Ed St. John and Carl Ruggierio, retired members of the New York City Police Department; and Scott Freeze, a retired member of the New York City Fire Department.
Tuesday is Championship Night presented by Stock Car Steel and Aluminum, Inc. The 2011 Summer Shootout Series season will officially come to an end and a champion will be crowned in each of the seven divisions.
In many divisions, the last feature lap could determine who takes home the season title. Only 20 points currently separate 2000 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Jeff Green and Canadian racer Kevin Foisy in the Legend Car Masters division.
“I was able to win a Nationwide Series championship and a lot of other track championships along the way in my career,” said Green, an Owensboro, Ky., native. “A Summer Shootout championship would be a mark, a feather in my hat you might say.”
Foisy and Green have been battling all season long, swapping the points lead. Green already has three wins under his belt and Foisy has two.
“I am just going to try my best to keep putting up good finishes and try to bring the championship back to Canada,” said Foisy. “It would mean a lot to me to win such a prestigious title!”
Another tight race for the championship is heating up in Bandolero Beginner Bandits division where young Hunter Stewart, of Mooresville, N.C., is only 21 points head of Austin Powell, of Concord, N.C.
On Tuesday, anyone who purchases or has purchased a ticket to the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash will get in free for Round 10 of the Summer Shootout Series. Families can enjoy monster truck rides to prepare them for the Monster Truck Bash which will be held at The Dirt Track on Aug. 13.
The first 1,000 children through the gates will receive a free action figure on Monday and a free Hot Wheels monster truck on Tuesday. Families can also enter to win a Myrtle Beach vacation courtesy of MyrtleBeachHotels.com each night.
Tickets are $7 for adults and just $3 for kids 6 to 12 each night. Children 5 and under get in free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies for feature racing at 7 p.m.
The Legends Big Money 100 will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway Aug. 1 and 2. The largest grassroots event of the year will offer a purse of $100,000 and will include two days of Legend Car and Bandolero racing. Tickets are just $10 for adults and children 12 and under get in free.
For more information on the Summer Shootout Series or Legends Big Money 100 call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.