The total race distance is still 40 miles, but a new 100-lap format will replace the previous twin 50 lappers when DIRT¿s big-block modifieds return to The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway Saturday night, April 3, for the fourth annual Ferris 100 presented by DynoMax.

The change brings the Ferris 100 in line with the 27 other extra-distance races that comprise the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series.

¿The twin 50-lap format was different from what we normally run and it gave you two chances to get the car right,¿ said Brett Hearn, who took advantage of the unique format and won the second 50 lapper during DIRT¿s inaugural visit to The Dirt Track in 2001. ¿Now, you better get it right the first time.¿

Hearn, a 45-year-old resident of Vernon, N.J., with an amazing 630 career feature victories, believes tire selection will play an important role in deciding who claims the $10,000-first-place prize.

¿The Charlotte race is one of the few where DIRT allows us to mix and match, which means we can run either the hard- or soft-compound tire on any corner of the car,¿ Hearn explained. ¿That and the new 100-lap format could create more of a tire guessing game, which will make things more interesting because they add another element of strategy.¿

In addition to chasing his second big-block modified victory at The Dirt Track, Hearn will be among the favorites during the April 2 Charlotte Small-Block Championship portion of the tripleheader. DIRT¿s Pro Stocks round out the action-packed weekend.

If purchased in advance, reserved adult tickets are $18 for the Ferris 100 presented by DynoMax on Saturday night, April 3, and $15 for the Charlotte Small-Block Championship on Friday night, April 2. Tickets for children 12 and under are just $5 each night. General admission tickets for practice on Thursday night, April 1, are $5 for adults with children admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.