Summertime and Family Time Come Together at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Summertime means family time at Charlotte Motor Speedway as families flock to take advantage of affordable racing entertainment at the Summer Shootout Series on the speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile oval, and the Summer Drag and Brag Series at zMAX Dragway.
The Summer Shootout Series offers nearly five hours of Legend Car and Bandolero racing at only $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and kids 6 and under get in free. Drivers of different ages and talent levels, ranging from 8-year-old rookies to 64-year-old veterans, get behind the wheel each night during the 10-race, seven-week season.
Mike Patterson, of Mooresville, N.C., enjoyed his first visit to Summer Shootout with his two daughters during Round Four.
"I think it's a great value," said Patterson, who paid a total of only $10 at the gate for himself and his daughters. "You can't even go to the movies for $10!"
Along with Legend Car and Bandolero racing, fans are treated to special exhibition races on various evenings, including school bus racing, mascot racing and on Tuesday, July 19, a demonstration by the off-road trucks of the Traxxas TORC Off-Road Championship Series.
"I just like to see racing, any kind of racing," said Jeffrey Eggert of Mooresville. "Legends, Bandoleros, school buses, go-karts, if there is racing at the track, I will be here."
In addition to the racing action, the first 1,000 kids through the gate receive giveaways such as Lug Nut souvenirs, action figures and Hot Wheels monster trucks. Children can also enjoy bounce houses, face painting and video games in the Powerade Play Zone, which is open during every Summer Shootout event.
Each night parents can enter to win a free family vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C., courtesy of MyrtleBeachHotels.com.
"We are trying to take full advantage of the kids enjoying the bounce houses, the video games and the giveaways when they enter," said Salisbury, N.C., native, Eric Reinhardt, who brought his son and nephew out to the Summer Shootout.
To help give the fans a break from the heat, each night Charlotte Motor Speedway's Rosenbauer fire truck, Engine 343, gives the crowd a cool down with a spray of water into the stands near Turn 1.
Lauren Henderson of Mooresville, was able to sum up her Summer Shootout experience.
"The Summer Shootout is great," said Henderson. "It's very reasonably priced and you get a whole bunch of entertainment for your dollar with the different activities and racing action on track."
Prefer straight-line racing instead of turning left? Then Charlotte Motor Speedway has you covered across the street with the Summer Drag and Brag Series at zMAX Dragway.
During Summer Drag and Brag, automotive enthusiasts have the opportunity to bring out their personal vehicles, for an opportunity to race them down the Bellagio of drag strips.
"I love drag racing," said loyal Drag and Brag fan Vicki Eudy, of Rockwell, N.C. "I love the noise, the smell. It's just an all-around wonderful experience!"
Running every Wednesday evening through July 20 at zMAX Dragway, fans can enjoy the cars on display in the pit area or relax in the grandstands and watch the competitors race down the quarter-mile.
Summer Drag and Brag spectators pay just $5 while kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
"It's an excellent price to be able bring the family out for an evening together," said Pam Wilkins, a vacationer from South Carolina.
The 18th annual Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday night, July 19, with Round Eight of the Summer Shootout Series. In addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, there will be an exhibition truck race, which will serve as a preview to the Traxxas TORC Off-Road Championship Series race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte July 22 and 23.
The first 1,000 children through the gates on Tuesday will receive a Lug Nut souvenir. Families can also enter to win a vacation to Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies for feature racing at 7 p.m.
At the Summer Drag and Brag Series at zMAX Dragway, fans can run their car down the strip for a car-and-driver entry fee of $20. Spectator fee is only $5. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing is 5-9 p.m.
For tickets for the Summer Shootout Series or more information on either Summer Drag and Brag or Summer Shootout, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.