The world's best sprint car drivers will be in the spotlight on Friday night of Coca-Cola 600 Week as the nomadic Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway for the May 23 Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown.

Among those expected to challenge for the $10,000 first-place prize are 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, two-time series titlist Donny Schatz and 2001 champ Danny Lasoski. In fact, the World of Outlaws driver roster currently features the most impressive line-up of regulars since the series began barnstorming the nation's dirt tracks in 1978.

"The winged sprint cars always put on a tremendous show and this event is the perfect way for NASCAR fans to round out their Coca-Cola 600 experience," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jason Meyers, of Clovis, Calif., has been the early season surprise, winning three of the first six World of Outlaws races. Meyers, 29, finished fifth in last year's series standings after a strong late-season charge that included a victory in the World Finals at The Dirt Track.

Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is expected to be in the pit area on Friday night, May 23, but the versatile driver won't be behind the wheel. Instead, he'll be overseeing the winged sprint cars he fields for Schatz and Kraig Kinser.

Joey Saldana, driving the No. 9 car owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne, is also expected to be on hand along with World of Outlaws regulars such as Craig Dollansky, Kerry Madsen, Terry McCarl, Tim Shaffer, Chad Kemenah, Jac Haudenschild, Daryn Pittman and Lucas Wolfe.

The late model stock cars of the Goodyear FASTRAK Challenge will join the sprint cars during the action-packed program when racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Reserved seats for the Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown on Friday night, May 23, are just $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. They can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online.