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

The action-packed 31st anniversary season of Cook Out Summer Shootout roars 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


Celebrating its 31st anniversary season, the Cook Out Summer Shootout features the best grassroots racers in the country in a 10-race showcase of speed. Eight different divisions of Legend Cars and Bandoleros compete, raced by drivers as young as seven years old, each Tuesday night in June and July, with drivers accumulating points throughout the summer toward a season-ending championship.


Tickets are $10 for all nights excluding July 2nd and July 30th’s fireworks show; kids 12 and under get in FREE. For tickets, schedules and more, visit


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