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‘Mascot Mania’ takes hold at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Knights to welcome one millionth fan

Lugnut will be among the mascots racing go-karts Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Lugnut will be among the mascots racing go-karts Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. special to the observer


It’s “Mascot Mania” at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a go-kart race on the frontstretch quarter-mile featuring several Charlotte-area team mascots, including CMS’s Lug Nut, Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers, Hugo the Hornet, Chubby from the Charlotte Checkers, Norm the Niner from the Charlotte 49ers, Tim E. Gator from the Kannapolis Intimidators, Revpar the Cabarrus County Visitor Bureau, Bo from Bojangles’ and Big Stuff from Winthrop. Racing begins at 5 p.m., with the rest of the evening devoted to the Speedway’s Summer Shootout. Tickets: 800-455-3200 or www.ticketmaster.com.


Even though BB&T BallPark only opened in March 2014, already 990,275 fans have been to the uptown Stadium to watch the Charlotte Knights play. That means the one-millionth fan is expected to be at the Knights’ game against Pawtucket either Tuesday or Wednesday as the team opens a six-game homestand. Here’s what the fan will receive from the Knights: a personalized Knights jersey, autographed Knights baseball, upgrade to “Royalty Row” for that night’s game, $1,000 Diamonds Direct gift card, BB&T BallPark personalized brick, two tickets to the WBT SkyShow game on July 4 and two tickets to the 2016 Triple-A All-Star game.


The United Soccer League’s Charlotte Independence faces Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution in a U.S. Open Cup game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The Independence has won two games already in the Open Cup, which is the oldest soccer competition in the country. But shouldn’t they have tried to schedule a game between the Independence and Revolution on July 4?


Carolina Speedway’s weekly racing series continues at a dirt track in Gastonia. Drivers in Late Model, Renegade, Street Stock, Hornets and Pure Stock cars will compete in the $10,000 VP Points Fund. The track is located at 6355 Union Road, Gastonia. Tickets: http://carolinaspeedway.net/fan-info/tickets/