For more than two decades, the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway has served as a training ground for grassroots racers hoping to rise through the ranks to NASCAR’s premier series.
Several current NASCAR drivers who got their start on the frontstretch quarter-mile were on hand Thursday to help U.S. Legends Car International officials roll out plans for the 21st annual summer series, which features intense Legend Car and Bandolero racing over an eight-week series in June and July.
In addition to a new title sponsor, Bojangles’, the 2015 edition of the Summer Shootout Series will bring together the most competitive field of Legend Car and Bandolero drivers from across the country to compete for a coveted championship.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, David Ragan and Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric were on hand to talk about the family fun at Bojangles’ Summer Shootout.
“The Summer Shootout is all about family fun,” Logano said. “I remember coming out here with my whole family. David (Ragan) would be out here racing with his dad; it’s just a great family atmosphere.”
Ragan said it’s also the best place to learn the ropes of car control and racing and advance up the motorsports ladder.
“With the harder tires and the handling of these cars, Legends racing is a great way to learn car control and how to race in traffic,” Ragan said, adding that the Summer Shootout provides some of the most competitive Legends racing out there, with drivers coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway from across the country to compete in the eight-week series each year.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway begins on June 9 and will run each Tuesday night through July 28. In addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, fans will enjoy weekly exhibition races, including action-packed school bus racing, a thrilling mascot mania go-kart race, a gigantic Fourth of July fireworks display and more. The full schedule of entertainment follows:
June 9, 2015 – Principal School Bus Races
June 16, 2015 – Team Spirit Night, Mascot Mania
June 23, 2015 – Media Mayhem, School Bus Races
June 30, 2015 – Fourth of July Blow Out, Fireworks, Champ Truck Display/Demo
July 7, 2015 – Faster Pastor, School Bus Races
July 14, 2015 – Little Luggies 600, Power Wheels Race
July 21, 2015 – First Responder Night, School Bus Races
July 28, 2015 – Champions Night, Fireworks, two-wheel stunt spectacular
Continuing its partnership with MAVtv, the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout will once again be televised during 30-minute weekly highlight shows. In addition to the weekly highlight show, fans can watch live action through a pay-per-view, produced by 51 TV, for just $14.99 per night (or $9.99 per night when you order the full season). The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on the Performance Racing Network will be co-anchored by Lenny Batycki and Bob Dillner, with former Miss Sprint Cup, Amanda Wright, working as pit reporter. For more details or to purchase a pay-per-view subscription for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, visit http://www.GOPRN.com/SummerShootout.
Adult admission is just $8 and children ages 13 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Legend Car racing is divided into four categories based on a driver’s experience. The Pro division features veteran drivers, while the 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 Masters division is for drivers 40 years of age and older.
Bandolero cars are divided into three divisions with competitors grouped by age. The 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.
Competitor registration is now open for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Click here to register.
For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway website. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest updates from the track with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
– Charlotte Motor Speedway press release
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