During last years Sprint All-Star weekend, NASCAR introduced a new event to kick off the weekend: the burnout competition.
A few select drivers each climbed aboard a Richard Petty Driving Experience car and were given their chance to do the best tire-smoking donuts for the crowd.
This year, Lowe's Motor Speedway has added another piece; a fan will be able to ride along with a driver during the competition.
Seven drivers will participate in the Pennzoil Victory Challenge burnout competition on May 16, adding two more from last year's five, and each will be competing for $10,000 to be given to the charity of their choice. They will also be the first driver selected for next year's event.
“It’s a fun event, and I think a little bit of excitement and lightheartedness is part of the weekend, and to start it off fun like this is really what the weekend’s all about,” said Kevin Harvick, who finished fourth in last year’s burnout competition.
The judging will consist of the drivers creativity and this year World Wrestling Entertainment's Ric Flair will be a judge since he is serving as the race's honorary director.
One fan will be randomly chosen from the crowd to ride along with a driver that is participating.
“We’re taking fan participation to the next level,” says Lowe's Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith. “With the help of Pennzoil, we’re taking an event that was already a crowd-pleaser, making a few tweaks and placing an emphasis on creativity this year. For one lucky fan, it’s going to be a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.”