Sparks and fur will fly on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when sports mascots including the Charlotte Hornets' Hugo the Hornet, the Charlotte Checkers' Chubby and the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Champ the Cheetah take center stage alongside Lug Nut in the Mascot Mania go-kart race during the Bojangles' Summer Shootout.

Area sports mascots will square off for the ultimate bragging rights in a winner-take-all tussle on the speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile that will bring fans of all ages to their feet to witness bumper-banging, trash-talking mascots creating go-kart chaos.

Champ the Cheetah is back to defend his crown after he won last year's fur-flying fracas over the Demon Deacon from Wake Forest University and Norm the Niner from UNC-Charlotte. Also tentatively scheduled to appear are the Carolina Panthers' Sir Purr, the Charlotte Hounds' Blue and the Charlotte Knights' Homer.

In addition to Mascot Mania, the future stars of motorsports will do battle in Legend Cars and Bandoleros during Week 2 of Bojangles' Summer Shootout action. The same series that saw NASCAR stars Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace hone their skills will bring a new generation of young guns to the forefront.

Austin Green, the 16-year-old son of 1994 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion David Green, leads the Lead 2 Real Estate Pro division standings after sweeping Rounds 1 and 2.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

Single-day admission to the Bojangles' Summer Shootout costs just $8 for adults and is FREE for children under 13. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

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