Families searching for affordable fun need look no further than Charlotte Motor Speedway this summer. The 21st annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series returns June 10 through July 29. The eight-week, family-friendly racing series features the best Legend Car and Bandolero competition in the country.

In addition to Legend Cars and Bandoleros, fans can enjoy exhibition races including the principal school bus race, mascot mania go-kart racing and a Global Rallycross show. Tickets to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series are just $7 for adults and kids 13 and under get in free.

New this season, officials are establishing a new-look Legends Double File restart, which will put the leader in his or her own row in front of the double-file field to take the green flag. Fans will also enjoy the Legends Choose, where each driver chooses either the inside lane or the outside lane in turn three while lining up for the restart. The inside is the preferred line, but drivers further toward the rear of the field can gain track position by choosing the riskier outside lane. Officials will also utilize a random draw to invert up to the top six positions in the starting field of each feature race. In addition, the points system has been simplified to put more emphasis on winning races.

This year, some Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series fan favorites will return, including Victory Lane on the frontstretch and fan interaction on the world's largest HDTV. Every night, kids can have fun in the Play Zone, featuring bounce houses, interactive games, face painting and more.

Approximately 150 Legend Car and Bandolero competitors will travel from across the country to battle on Charlotte Motor Speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile oval for the prestigious Summer Shootout Series championship. Legend Car racing is divided into four categories based on a driver's experience. The Pro division features veteran drivers, while the Quaker Steak & Lube Semi-Pro category is for those with limited Legend Car experience. The Young Lions division is for those new to Legend Car racing and the Security Force Masters division is for drivers 40 years of age and older.

Bandolero cars are divided into three divisions with competitors grouped by age. The LiveWell Homes Bandits division is for racers 8 to 11 and the Outlaws category features drivers 12 and older. The Beginner Bandits is for racers in their first year of competition.

Tickets for the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series 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.

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2014 Summer Shootout Schedule

June 10

School Spirit Night, Principal School Bus Slobberknocker

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

June 17

Team Spirit Night, Mascot Mania

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

June 24

Media Mayhem School Bus Races

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

July 1

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza & Little Luggies 600

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

July 8

Faster Pastor School Bus Races

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

July 15

Dave and Buster's First Responder Night, School Bus Races

 

(Free grandstand admission for showing your police, fire or EMS ID)

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

July 22

Global Rallycross Night

 

Driver Autograph Session and Exhibition

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros

July 29

Champions Night, Fireworks

 

plus a full racing card featuring Legend Cars and Bandoleros