Get your mow-tors running because lawn mower racing is back at Charlotte Motor Speedway. During the April 3-6 Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com, the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is coming back for one of the biggest lawn mower races of the year. 

"The Charlotte race continues to be the epitome of prestige, professionalism and mow-tivation for all of us," said Bruce Kaufman, president of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association. "Last year we built upon the success of our 2012 racing exhibition by creating a fantastic STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series venue. This year, we will build upon the excitement to execute an even bigger event, as we continue to mow and grow at the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway!"

On Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, more than 120 mowers in 11 classes will race on a specially constructed dirt oval at the fifth-mile track just outside of Turn 3. Competitors will race on bladeless mowers that run at speeds up to 60 mph. Well-known lawn mower racing announcer, Doc Kuhfeldt and his wife Becky, known as "Granny," will be in attendance from Sarasota, Fla., and racers will be driving in from as far as Ohio and Michigan to participate.

If the 22nd birthday of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association on April 1 wasn't big enough, the association will also announce the induction of one of its most prestigious racers, Bobby Cleveland, to be inducted into the USLMRA Hall of Fame on the same day. Kaufman, also the founder of the association, was inducted in 2012.

Also at this year's AutoFair competition, new teams will be added to the field of racers, including more families, because as Kaufman, "Mr. Mow it All," says, "families that mow together, grow together."

Kaufman says that since STA-BIL Lawn Mower Racing has expanded into North and South Carolina, it makes the Charlotte race even more important. The Crouch family of Rockingham, N.C., the Perkins family of York, S.C., and the Sullivan family, from Raleigh, N.C., have all joined the family affair.

Families from across the region can also join in this family-oriented sport by watching all the dirt-slinging action during the final two days of AutoFair.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors, features nearly 50 car club displays and offers a surplus of automotive parts and memorabilia for sale or trade. There's also a collector car auction conducted by Dealer Auctions Inc. and more than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

The AutoFair is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are just $10 for adults per day and children 13 and under get in free. A four-day pass is available for just $30. For tickets or additional information about AutoFair or other events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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