Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., thinks big and functions huge in the operation of eight major NASCAR speedways. But when he and SMI announced a $1 million purse for racers in Legend Car and Bandolero classes last year for a Charlotte Motor Speedway event, a motorsports shock wave spread to local tracks across the U.S.
This year that $1 Million shock wave returns.
Courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway:
The Legends Million, held Aug. 1 and 2, will once again provide the biggest Legend Car and Bandolero purse of the year and is expected to draw a large field of competitors including some of the biggest names in racing.
Kevin Harvick, Inc. development driver Gray Gaulding made history in 2010 as the youngest competitor to run in the Legends Million at the tender age of 12. The youngster is thrilled that Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the parent company of Charlotte Motor Speedway and U.S. Legend Cars International, is bringing the event back for a second year.
“I first have to thank Bruton Smith for bringing back the Legends Million,” said Gaulding. “You’ve got 300 cars trying to make a 30-car field. It’s really special for the young talent coming up through the ranks to put up that big of a check.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan turned some heads in the garage during Monday’s Summer Shootout practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he showed up to run his No. 6 UPS Legend Car.
“With the second-annual Legends Million coming up it gives me an opportunity to practice a little bit,” said Ragan. “I’ve got Aug. 1 and 2 kinda marked out in my calendar, so hopefully we can make it and get a little practice that will go a long way.”
Drivers can register for the Legends Million at ww.charlottemotorspeedway.com. All Legend Car competitors 12 years of age or older may register. The race is not restricted by division. All minors 17 or younger must complete a minor waiver.
Details at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day’s drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.
Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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