Cook Out Summer Shootout Kicks Off Action-Packed 31st Anniversary Season Next Week

William Byron's first successes were at the Shootout

With a full field of talented drivers ready to compete against the best grassroots racers in the country,
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Cook Out Summer Shootout kicks off next week with back-to-back nights of racing.

  • Cook Out Summer Shootout kicks off 31st anniversary season with weekly Legend Car and Bandolero action, family fun themed nights and more
  • Adult tickets are $10; kids 12 and under get in FREE. Tickets are available online at

CONCORD, N.C. (June 6, 2024) – The action-packed 31st anniversary season of Cook Out Summer Shootoutroars to life next week as racing’s future stars battle in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on the frontstretch of historic Charlotte Motor Speedway in back-to-back nights, June 10 and 11.

Cook Out Summer Shootout features weekly racing through June and July, with drivers as young as seven competing head-to-head against the best grassroots racing fields in the country. Now household names in NASCAR, former Summer Shootout contenders like Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano cut their teeth in the Legend Car and Bandolero ranks. This summer, future generations of NASCAR stars will look to make a name for themselves.

More than 150 of the world’s greatest grassroots racers will take on the famed quarter-mile oval for the first competition of the eight-week series this Monday and Tuesday. Each night will feature qualifying and racing across eight different divisions as drivers look to cement their legacy as Shootout champions.

But that’s just part of the fun fans can expect at America’s Home for Racing this summer. With weekly themed nights, fan-friendly games and engaging activities, Cook Out Summer Shootout provides entertainment for the whole family on and off the track. Nightly themes and special promotions make the event a can’t-miss summer tradition at America’s Home for Racing.

Next week’s opening rounds feature back-to-back nights of racing, with the Cook Out Kickoff on Monday and Tuesday’s Media Mayhem, featuring the first school bus slobberknocker of the season.

The full Cook Out Summer Shootout schedule follows:

Monday, June 10: Cook Out Kickoff sponsored by Cook Out
Free entry with a Cook Out cup

Tuesday, June 11: Media Mayhem
$2 off entry with any canned food donation

Tuesday, June 18: Lug Nut’s 30th Birthday Party
Free entry with a toy donation OR $2 off entry with canned food donation

Tuesday, June 25: Awful Night sponsored by Bojangles
Free entry for anyone named “Karen” or “Richard” OR $2 off entry with canned food donation

Monday, July 1: Dad Vibes Night sponsored by Pro-FABrication
Free entry for dads with three or more kids

Tuesday, July 2: Red, White and Brews
$15 entry includes fireworks display
Free entry for military and first responders with ID

Tuesday, July 9: Night of Games
100th guest gets a prize OR $2 off entry with canned food donation

Tuesday, July 16: Camping Night
Free entry for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform

Tuesday, July 23: Summer Games Night
$2 off entry with canned food donation

Tuesday, July 30: NASCAR Night sponsored by NASCAR Hall of Fame
$15 entry includes fireworks and autograph sessions
$5 off entry if wearing former or current Summer Shootout driver merch

Cook Out Kickoff, Media Mayhem Highlight Opening Week of Cook Out Summer Shootout
Cook Out Summer Shootout kicks off next week with back-to-back nights of racing on Monday and Tuesday, including the first school bus race of the season, Media Mayhem.

CONCORD, NC (June 7, 2024) – The Cook Out Summer Shootout returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway next Monday and Tuesday night for its 31st anniversary season with an exhilarating doubleheader filled with intense racing, thrilling games and themed prizes.

On top of eight weeks of action-packed racing, with the world’s best grassroots racers taking on the famed quarter-mile in their Bandoleros and Legend Cars, fans can also look forward to entertaining theme nights, filled with interactive games, prizes and more. During the summer, Cook Out Summer Shootout is the best place to spend time with family and friends.

To help wave the first green flag of the season, Monday, fans are invited to come out for Cook Out Kickoff. The Cook Out Kick-Off will shake up the speedway as fans put their trivia knowledge to the test and “grill”their family and friends with questions. Fans who visit an area Cook Out prior to entry can show their cup at the gate for free admission to the opening night festivities.

In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, fans are invited to tune in Tuesday for part two of the doubleheader. Join your favorite local TV personalities at the track for “Media Mayhem” as these media members find their need for speed in a school bus slobberknocker. Catch PRN’s very own Doug Rice in action as a guest analyst for the 10-ton tussle of talent featuring:
Jeff Taylor (WCCB)
Kyle Bailey (WFNZ)
Carla Gebhart (Queen City News)
Chris Rozak (106.5FM WEND)
Mark Smith (Spectrum News)
Jenna Vitamanti (WGHP)

Fans who bring a canned food donation will be given $2 off admission on Tuesday.

ABOUT COOK OUT SUMMER SHOOTOUT: For its 31st season, the Cook Out Summer Shootout is a 10-race showcase of speed among eight different divisions of Legend Cars and Bandoleros. Races are held each Tuesday night, with drivers accumulating points throughout the summer towards a season-ending championship.

TICKETS: Tickets are $10; kids 12 and under get in FREE. For tickets, schedules and more details about all the happenings at Charlotte Motor Speedway, visit

KEEP TRACK: Follow all the thrilling Cook Out Summer Shootout action at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2024, Issue 6, Posted 4:08 PM, 06.07.2024