Dirt late model sensation Josh Richards, known to race fans as "Kid Rocket," enters the March 27-28 Circle K Colossal 100 aiming for his second straight victory at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Winner of the 2008 season finale during the VAULT World Finals at The Dirt Track, the Shinnston, W.Va., native had a career-high six A-Main victories and finished second in the series point standings last year.

Richards, just 20 years old, was voted the favorite to win the 2009 championship in the second annual World of Outlaws Late Model Series Pre-Season Media Poll after coming off an impressive 2008 season.

He has yet to disappoint after kicking off the 2009 season with two victories during the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., and three Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victories at East Bay Raceway Park outside of Tampa, over a one-week span.

"We started the year focused on the World of Outlaws title and to win the first race was amazing," Richards said. "There are so many races to run but our goal is to win the championship."

Richards made his first dirt late model start in October 2003 at age 15 and has since rocketed through the sport.

After finishing third in last year's Circle K Colossal 100, "Kid Rocket" heads into the March 27-28 event on a mission to claim the $50,000 first prize.

"Charlotte Motor Speedway has an extremely nice facility, but the track hasn't always been good to us. It's not anything about the track, it's been problems we've had," Richards explained. "We're definitely looking for a win this year and I'm looking forward to racing there."

Friday night's portion of the Circle K Colossal 100 features group time trials and heat races. The top-three finishers in each heat will secure a spot in the 100-lap finale and a draw will determine the starting lineup.

Saturday night's program begins with the Circle K driver autograph party and on-track action includes preliminary features, the main event and for the first time in Circle K Colossal 100 history, cars that do not qualify for the main event through the B features can participate in the Charlotte 30, a 30-lap race that pays $2,000 to win.

If purchased in advance, reserved tickets for both Friday and Saturday nights are just $39 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Two-day pit passes are $60.

Tickets for the March 27-28 Circle K Colossal 100 can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.