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The second annual Legends Million returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Aug. 1 and 2. The largest grassroots race in history will once again offer the largest Legend Car and Bandolero purse of the year, as drivers do battle on the speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval.

Registration for the Legends Million begins today and is scheduled to close on July 18. The purse structure for the 2011 Legends Million will be prorated, based on total cars registered, so competitors are encouraged to register early.

“As the car count goes up, the purse goes up,” said Don Hawk, vice president of business affairs, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “We’re asking competitors to get their registration in as early as possible so we can get the purse locked in.”

In the inaugural Legends Million last year, Kannapolis, N.C., native Daniel Hemric was victorious, taking home an unprecedented $250,000. More than 300 drivers from 36 states and two foreign countries, ranging from 12 to 72 years old, registered for the one-of-a-kind Legend Car race.

“These are the race cars that launched the careers of NASCAR drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, David Ragan, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “The Legends Million is a great opportunity for fans to come to the track and see the future stars of NASCAR compete in the largest Legend Car race in the world. It’s also an excellent opportunity for young drivers to get noticed and hopefully take their career to the next level.”

Registration links are available online at and at The cost to register is $500. Competitors who purchase a new Legend Car from U.S. Legend Cars International will receive free entry into the Legends Million.

Competitors participating in the Legends Million are registered in one of three divisions: Young Lions/Semi-Pro, Masters or the Legends Million, which is open to all drivers. Each division will run heat races and an A-Main race, with the Legends Million A-Feature serving as the grand finale of the two-day event.

Competitors will complete time trials to determine their starting position in the heat races. Drivers will then progress to B-Mains based on their finishing position in the heats. The starting lineup for each A-Main will consist of heat race winners and the first-place finishers from the B-Mains. A total of 30 competitors will race in the Legends Million A-Feature event, which will be 100 laps with a 15-minute break at lap 50.

Bandolero Beginner Bandit, Bandit and Outlaw drivers will also have the opportunity to compete in a Bandolero Triple Crown event, with heat lap and feature events spanning both days.

The Legends Million is open to all Legend Car competitors, 12 years of age or older and is not restricted by division. All minors 17 and younger must complete a minor waiver, which is available for download at

For additional information on the Legends Million, visit or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205. For more information about U.S. Legend Cars International and Legend Cars, visit or call U.S. Legend Cars International's headquarters at (704) 455-3896.