The nation's top dirt late model racers will kick off Bank of America 500 Week Wednesday night, Oct. 10, with the Jani-King Southern Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series race features a unique format that could result in the winner taking home $30,000.

"Not that dirt late model racers need any additional incentive to stand on the gas, but this race rewards the winner for each position advanced during the main event," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "We've utilized this format three times and it always produces spectacular racing."

Here's how it works: The top three finishers in each of the six heat races advance directly to the main event and they will draw for starting positions. If the driver who wins the 50-lap finale submits an official entry form prior to Sept. 15, he will receive the $10,000 first-place prize along with an amount equal to $1,000 multiplied by his starting position.

Mike Balzano started seventh in 2004 and earned $17,000 for his victory while Jimmy Owens passed 15 cars en route to victory in 2005, collecting $26,000 for his evening's work. Last year's winner, Billy Moyer, failed to submit an official entry application prior to the deadline and had to settle for the standard $10,000 first-place prize.

More than 50 of biggest names in dirt late model racing are expected to be on hand for the Jani-King Southern Showdown, including World of Outlaws points leader Steve Francis along with series regulars Chub Frank, Clint Smith, Josh Richards, Shane Clanton and Rick Eckert.

Late model stock cars have followed the same basic evolution process as their NASCAR NEXTEL Cup counterparts. Once nothing more than stock production automobiles with roll cages and numbers painted on the doors, today's dirt late models are finely tuned, purpose-built race cars with tube-frame chassis and 800-horsepower racing engines.

The mud-slinging machines reach speeds approaching 120 mph on The Dirt Track's four-tenths-mile clay oval.

Built in 2000, The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway is one of the nation's most fan-friendly short tracks. Its spacious stadium-style grandstand offers outstanding viewing for more than 14,000 fans.

Competitors can download the Jani-King Southern Showdown entry form by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/janiking.

If purchased in advance, adult tickets for the Jani-King Southern Showdown presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers are $25 with children 12 and under admitted for just $10.

Tickets for this event can also be purchased as part of the four-race $99 SUPER Ticket which includes Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday night, Oct. 11; the Dollar General 300 on Friday night, Oct. 12; and the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 13.

Tickets are available online or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.