NASCAR Busch Series point leader and NEXTEL Cup Series race winner Carl Edwards will kick off Coca-Cola 600 week by competing in the Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75 DIRT big-block modified race Wednesday night, May 25, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Edwards, a 25-year-old native of Columbia, Mo., is scheduled to drive a second No. 3 Page Trucking and Transportation entry as a teammate to multi-time DIRT modified champion Brett Hearn of Kinnelon, N.J.

While Edwards has very little experience in the big-block DIRT modifieds, he is no stranger to dirt-track racing. The second-generation driver captured the 1999 modified title and the 2000 pro modified championship at Capital Speedway, a dirt track near Jefferson City, Mo., while working his way up the racing ladder.

The Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75 will start a busy week for Edwards as he will also drive the No. 60 Charter Communications Ford in the inaugural nighttime running of the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, May 28, and he'll be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Scotts Ford for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29.

Tickets for all May events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at or calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.