Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series fans are in for an extra treat this Tuesday as mascots from all over the area will compete against Lug Nut in the annual Mascot Mania go-kart race. Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot, will try to defend his turf against all comers in a real-life game of Mario Kart.

In addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, Mascot Mania will pit the mascots against each other as they compete on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval in equally prepared go-karts. Competitors will each be given a dodgeball at the start of the race. If they throw the ball at another mascot and it hits them, the mascot that was hit has to move to the back of the field.

Mascots competing include Charlotte Motor Speedway's Lug Nut; Chubby, of the Charlotte Checkers; Norm the Niner, of UNC Charlotte; Tim E. Gator, of the Kannapolis Intimidators; the Wildcat from Davidson College; Monkey Joe of Monkey Joe's; Bucky the Pirate from East Tennessee State University; and Blue the Hound, of the Charlotte Hounds.

Tuesday is also Team Spirit Night at the speedway. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Charlotte-area team's apparel.

Young fans can also participate in a free craft item each week in the Kids' Zone. On June 17, they can create sports pennants and photo frames.

Tickets to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series are just $7 for adults and kids 13 and under get in free. 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 starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.

For tickets to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

For live updates during the Summer Shootout Series, follow #SummerShootout on Twitter. To join in on the conversation, simply include #SummerShootout in your tweet. Fans watching can also join the fun by tweeting a photo of themselves with the hashtag #ShootoutSelfie.

New this year, fans  can now watch recaps on television—nationally  on MAVTV and locally on WCCB Charlotte. A 30-minute recap show will air in the Charlotte area on CW-affiliate WCCB, channel 11 on Time Warner Cable, at 1 p.m. on the Saturday following the Tuesday-night event. Nationally, fans can see a 30-minute recap show on popular cable TV network MAVTV. The recap will air on Thursday afternoons on MAVTV between noon and 4 p.m.

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