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Cabarrus County Principals Face Off In School Buses
Posted by: newsla on Jun 06, 2013 - 06:29 AM
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Cabarrus County Principals Face Off In School Buses At Jack In The Box Summer Shootout Series

On Monday and Tuesday, the 20th season of Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series competition will kick off with back-to-back nights of fender-beating school bus racing featuring Cabarrus County principals, in addition to the best Legend Car and Bandolero competition in the country.


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Chuck Borders, principal at Pitts School Road Elementary School, has won two principal school bus races. He expects to race his way to the front of the field again this year.

“I’ve raced four times and won twice. Basically, the main things are stay to the inside, know how to countersteer when you get hit and when you do hit someone, don’t let off the gas.”

To his competitors he says, “Stay out of my way.

“They know what happens. I’ve flipped [Liddle] a couple times, so I guess it’s someone else’s turn. They know me, they know that me right behind them is probably the worst position they can be in on the track. I’m ready to have at it and have fun. My goal is, at least one of those two races, I want to come home with the trophy.”

Other competitors see things differently.

“Some of these principals take things way too seriously,” said Adam Auerbach, principal at Wolf Meadow Elementary. “I’m way more about educating children, and shaping America’s future, but Chuck Borders and Darin Roberts, they live for this. This is all they live for the whole year. The whole reason they wanted to be principals is to drive in the school bus race. Chuck is a maniac. He wants to wreck everybody out there.

“My strategy is very simple, keep all four wheels on the ground and live to drive another year. That’s what I’m looking for, and to see all my kids and families out there at the speedway.”

Other competitors in the two school bus slobberknockers are Darin Roberts, principal at Carl A. Furr Elementary School; James Carroll, principal at Hickory Ridge Middle School; Greg Liddle, assistant principal at Mount Pleasant High School; and Tim Farrar, principal at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School.

The principals will not only race on Monday, Round One of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, but will return for a grudge match on Tuesday during Round Two. This year’s schedule features back-to-back nights of racing on Monday and Tuesday both the first week of the series and the last week, resulting in 10 nights of racing over eight weeks. The remaining weeks will feature racing on Tuesday nights. A full schedule can be found at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

The Round One school bus race is part of School Spirit Night at the track. All students are encouraged to wear their school gear on Monday and will receive $2 off admission by showing their student I.D. Children 13 and under get in free.

Round Two of the Summer Shootout Series on June 11 is sponsored by HearUSA. The hearing care company will provide free giveaways including earplugs at their display table on the concourse.

For the 20th year, more than 150 Legend Car and Bandolero competitors will travel across the country to battle on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval for the prestigious Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series championship.

Tickets to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series are just $7 for adults and kids 13 and under get in free. Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.

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