Media Hustle in Buses at Tuesday's Bojangles' Summer Shootout
One of Charlotte Motor Speedway's winningest drivers will attempt to tackle the Media Mayhem school bus race during next Tuesday's Bojangles' Summer Shootout. WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin - the three-time and defending Media Mayhem champion - will have to fend off some of the fastest media members in the Carolinas when they tangle in school buses on Charlotte's frontstretch quarter-mile.
Six media members have traded their suits and ties for firesuits and helmets in the winner-take-all, 10-ton tussle for Media Mayhem glory. It's a bumper-banging, low-speed, high-energy show no fan can afford to miss.
This year's field includes:
- Zach Aldridge, WCCB
- Brett Baldeck, WJZY
- Nick Carboni, WCNC
- Al Conklin, WBTV
- Courtney Davis, Spectrum News
- D. Stone, WROQ
Conklin described himself as Jimmie Johnson, only in a school bus.
"Charlotte Motor Speedway is my favorite track," Conklin said. "I'm really comfortable there and we've enjoyed a lot of success over the years. I plan to make short work of these guys. A fourth victory should put me in an excellent position to gain a small, part-time job with an area school district come August."
In addition to the no-holds-barred bus race tussle, the rising stars of motorsports will compete in Legend Cars and Bandoleros in an effort to join stars including Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Bubba Wallace as prominent Shootout alumni who graduated to NASCAR's highest levels.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Tuesday with racing beginning at approximately 7 p.m.