Carolina Clash champion Ricky Weeks will be among the local favorites Wednesday night, Oct. 10, when the world's best late model drivers invade The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Jani King Southern Showdown.

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.

"Racing with the World of Outlaws drivers is a great honor because they are the best in the business," said the 48-year-old Weeks, who lives in Rutherfordton, N.C. "It's very competitive and we have to bring our best game to run with them."

This season's Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series consisted of 19 races in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Weeks won seven times en route to his fourth consecutive series championship. He also finished 12th when the World of Outlaws stars visited The Dirt Track in April for the Circle K Colossal 100.

"The hardest part of racing against these guys is qualifying for the feature," Weeks explained. "When I'm able to make the race and run competitively, we are really happy."

Weeks, who has won two limited late model races on The Dirt Track's four-tenths-mile oval, is entered in his familiar No. 1w with sponsorship from Starrette Trucking and Parton Lumber.

The Jani-King Southern Showdown's unique format rewards the winner according to the number of positions advanced during the main event. 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 submitted 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.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman; late model legend Scott Bloomquist; World 100 winner Jimmy Owens; and World of Outlaws regulars Steve Francis, Chub Frank, Clint Smith, Shane Clanton, Josh Richards, Rick Eckert, Darrell Lanigan, Brian Shirley, Tim Fuller, Shannon Babb, Chris Madden and Billy Moyer are among the more than 50 late model drivers expected to compete in the Jani-King Southern Showdown.

If purchased in advance, tickets are $25 for adults and just $10 for children 12 and under. Reserved seats for this race are also available 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 at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.