Mow-tivated Racers to Headline Round Seven of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series
The racing lawn mowers of the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) will mow-tor around the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a special exhibition race during Round Seven of the 20th Annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Tuesday night.
Pat Sullivan, the patriarch of the Sullivan lawn mower racing family, will be racing in his first Summer Shootout lawn mower exhibition. Sullivan, of Venice, Fla., says he is most excited about seeing the fans and the spectacle that the Summer Shootout has to offer.
"We usually race on a dirt track somewhere off a beaten path," Sullivan said. "We're not used to having fans around."
The "cutting edge" of American motorsports, lawn mowers will take to the track at speeds of more than 50 mph, following the Round Six make-up features and qualifying for the Legend Car and Bandolero divisions.
Other drivers in the lawn mower race include Pete Sullivan, of Raleigh, N.C.; Dawn Filos, of Bel Air, Md.; Lauren Filos, of Bel Air, Md.; Ed Gallant, of Southern Pines, N.C.; Chris Cox, of Butler, Ga.; and Jamie Maurice, of McDonough, Ga. Jason Powell, Mark Ledford, Chris Blevins, Derrick Robinson, Steve Morrison and Eric Perez, all from York, S.C., will also race.
The USLMRA was formed in 1992 and is the nation's oldest and largest national lawn mower racing sanctioning body with more than 700 competitors. Racers compete for trophies, points and the occasional garden gnome, but never for purse money.
"They have 'mow' fun than anybody," said Kerry Evans, the vice president of the USLMRA.
Spectator gates will open early at 4:20 p.m. to accommodate the completion of Round Six make-up features for Bandolero Bandits, Bandolero Outlaws, Legend Car Semi-Pro, Legend Car Pro and Security Force Legend Car Masters divisions. Opening ceremonies will follow the make-up features at approximately 6:15 p.m., followed by the Little Luggies 600 Power Wheels race and qualifying and heat races for Round Seven. The evening will conclude with the USLMRA exhibition race and feature racing for all divisions.
Each night of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series features a full slate of the nation's best Legend Car and Bandolero racing on the frontstretch quarter-mile, as well as appearances by the World's Fastest Mascot, Lug Nut, and tons of family fun.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway Play Zone will be open and will feature bounce houses, face painting and interactive games at the Kangaroo Express Fan Van. Families are also welcome to come get a cool down from Charlotte Motor Speedway's fire truck, Engine 343, as it sprays water into the grandstands.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are just $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Kids 13 and under get in free. Grandstand tickets from the rain-shortened Round Six of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series will be honored during Round Seven.
Racing will be televised on the Fox Sports South network, with a recap show airing each Monday following the event at 6 p.m. and a re-air on the following Saturday. Fans should check their local listings for more information.
For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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