Dirt will fly when Equalizer returns to defend his title at the 10th annual Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway on Aug. 15.

Mike Hawkins will make his seventh appearance at The Dirt Track behind the wheel of Equalizer on Saturday. The famous machine stole the show last year, clinching the top spot in both the elimination and freestyle rounds of competition.

"At Lowe's, it's always a big show with top-name trucks and big obstacles," said Hawkins. "You have your work cut out for you when you show up here and expect to take home a win, let alone a racing win and freestyle win in the same show. I'm definitely excited to have pulled off a sweep like that."

Equalizer had a pair of freestyle wins at the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash before last year, but was finally able to clinch his first-ever elimination round title.

"At the end, it was me and Samson in the finals," said Hawkins. "Dan Patrick (driver of Samson) has a big hemi so he always has a lot of power. He's the one that builds my chassis for me, so it was definitely good to go out there and beat him."

Patrick's Samson will return again as well and is one of the nine monster trucks standing in the way of Equalizer's second-consecutive sweep.

Other monstrous vehicles scheduled to compete include Raminator, Tailgator, War Wizard, Brutus, Nitemare, Mopar Magic, Avenger and Stone Crusher.

The Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash begins with the Circle K Pre-race Pit Party where fans can meet the drivers, have their pictures taken with the gargantuan trucks and obtain autographs. Ticket holders can gain early entry to the party by purchasing a Thirst Buster cup and presenting the cup at the gate.

The evening will also feature the crazy CRASHCar Trailer Race of Destruction in addition to a crowd pleasing stunt by Super Bob Airborne.

Early entry for the Circle K Pre-Race Pit Party starts at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. The party concludes at 6:30 p.m. and opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

If purchased in advance, reserved seats for the Aug. 15 Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway's ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.