Pastors set to races busses in Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Image courtesy of @CLTMotorSpeedway.

Image courtesy of @CLTMotorSpeedway.

Every weekend at tracks all across North Carolina, racing fans can witness emerging stars and veteran drivers duking it out on the track for the checkered flag. On Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, local pastors will get the chance to shine.

The “Faster Pastor” event at Charlotte Motor Speedway brings together eight holy men driving decorated busses from their respective ministries. With the pit road open and multiple orange cones marking off the course, fans can expect an all-out brawl in the short-track style race.

“It’s always fun to get all of the churches together and get everyone involved in the Summer Shootout.  I know a lot of people want tickets to this race, so it’s going to be a fun one,” Buddy Compton of the Sons of Thunder Ministry said, via a CMS release.  “Just give me a steering wheel and I can take care of the rest.”

Along with Compton, the following pastors will also be in attendance: Scott Gentry, of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO); Donnie Icenhour, of Rocky River Church in Concord; Jeff Bates, of Elevation Church in Concord; Alex Kennedy, of Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews; Don Newman, of Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlotte; David Henderson, of Venture Church in Harrisburg and Scott Davis, of Pitts Baptist Church in Concord.

“I am really looking forward to regaining my title and my belt back,” said Newman, who won the event in 2014.  “More importantly though, I really enjoy the opportunity the kids at church have to get out to the speedway. That makes it all worth while.”

The pastors won’t be the only racers in attendance for the #BOJSSO event. Bandolero and Legends car races will be held throughout the night with Ernie Irvan returning to the track to race with his 17-year-old son Jared Irvan in the Legends Car Series.

Young fans can also enjoy the bounce houses, face painting and interactive games at the track. That, of course, is only if seeing busses go three wide around at CMS isn’t entertaining enough for them already.

Single tickets are still available for the event with the spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. ET. At just $8 for adult tickets ($2 off with a coupon from a local Bojangles’) and free admission for children 13 and under, it’s hard to beat the excitement CMS is sure to provide on Tuesday night.


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