Principals from Cabarrus County Schools will compete in a school bus race on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval Tuesday.
Photo: HHP

The 19th annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series gets underway Tuesday with an action-packed night highlighted by a school bus race featuring principals from several Cabarrus County elementary and middle schools.

This lineup includes James Williams, from Harris Road Middle School; Tim Farrar, from Northwest Middle School; Greg Liddle, from Harold E. Winkler Middle School; Chuck Borders, from Pitts School Road Elementary School; Darin Roberts, from Carl A. Furr Elementary School; Jim Carroll, from Hickory Ridge Middle School; and Adam Auerbach, from Wolf Meadow Elementary School.

Carroll, who has competed in previous years, is eager to get a win in front of the fans and students from his school.

“What I’m looking forward to most is the crowd and banging the buses with the others.  It’s probably more fun than real racing where you’re trying to take care of your equipment at the same time you’re racing,” said Carroll. “For us, you’re trying to win, but if you can spin or wreck one of your opponents in the meantime, it just adds to the fun.  There’s nothing better than seeing the bus in front of you go onto two wheels, knowing the right tap will send him over and seeing daylight after that.”

Just like in any race, there are still rivalries between the principals. Perhaps the biggest to develop is between Carroll and Borders.

“My biggest competition and person I want to beat the most is Mr. Borders,” said Carroll.  “I have finished second to him and I’m tired of being the bridesmaid.”

Borders, who beat Carroll in the 2010 principal school bus race, is looking forward to emerging victorious over Carroll a second time.

“The person I would most like to beat is Jim Carroll…just like the last time…bump him out of the way and pass him on the last lap to take the checkered flag.”

The school bus race is part of School Spirit Night at the track. All students are encouraged to wear their school gear and will get $2 off admission by showing their student I.D. Children 13 and under get in free.

In addition to school bus racing, the night will also include a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing with some of the best drivers in the country.

The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a sports bag courtesy of title sponsor, Jack in the Box. Plus, kids can have fun in the POWERADE Play Zone, featuring bounce houses, interactive games, face painting and more.

Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or 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.

The third annual Legends Big Money 100, the biggest grassroots racing event of the year, will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 2-3. Competitor registration for the event is still open online at Tickets for the event are $10 for adults per day and children 13 and under get in free.

For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit

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