From the traditional sprint cars of the United States Auto Club to the high-flying aerobatics of Freestyle Motocross, The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway¿s fifth season features a smorgasbord of motorsports entertainment.

The inaugural Southern Showdown Championship is among the highlights of the track¿s 10-event schedule that starts in April and runs through October.

Featuring the late model stock cars of the O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series, the Southern Showdown Championship is set for May 28-29. The winner of the Friday night preliminary feature earns $10,000 with a possible $28,000-first-place prize awaiting the winner of the Saturday night main. The event will be run in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

The season opens April 1-3 with three nights of DIRT-sanctioned racing. The card includes big-block modifieds, small-block modifieds and pro stocks and concludes with the fourth running of the Charlotte DIRT Big-Block 100.

The Domino¿s Pizza Grassroots Nationals on July 1 gives local four-cylinder stock car and IMCA modified racers the opportunity to compete at the state-of-the-art facility. A gigantic demolition derby and fireworks display are also on tap.

The stars of the X-Games and Gravity Games will be among those competing in the Charlotte Freestyle Motocross Championship which will also include amateur motocross and ATV racing on July 24. The annual Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash is set for Aug. 21.

The Southern All Star late models return on Sept. 18 for the traditional $10,000-to-win Golden Corral Dirt Late Model Championship and the season concludes Oct. 13 with the second annual Charlotte Sprint Car Nationals featuring the cars and stars of the United States Auto Club.

Tickets for all events at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway
2004 Schedule of Events

April 1 - DIRT Pole Night
(In conjunction with Food Lion Auto Fair)
Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series Practice and Qualifying
Turning Stone Casino 358-Modified Super DIRT Series Practice & Qualifying
DIRT Pro Stock Challenge Practice and Qualifying

April 2 - Charlotte Small-Block Championship
(In conjunction with Food Lion AutoFair)
Turning Stone Casino 358-Modified Super DIRT Series
DIRT Pro Stock Challenge Heat Races
Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series Hot Laps

April 3 - Charlotte DIRT Big-Block 100
(In conjunction with Food Lion AutoFair)
Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series
DIRT Pro Stock Challenge

May 28 - Southern Showdown Championship I
(In conjunction with Coca-Cola 600)
O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series Late Models

May 29 - Southern Showdown Championship II
(In conjunction with Coca-Cola 600)
O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series Late Models

July 1 - Domino¿s Pizza Grassroots Nationals
IMCA Modifieds, Stock 4-Cylinders and Demolition Derby

July 24 - Charlotte Freestyle Motocross Championship
Freestyle Motocross Championship plus ATV and Motocross Racing

Aug. 21 - Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash
Championship Monster Trucks

Sept. 18 - Golden Corral Dirt Late Model Championship
(In conjunction with Food Lion Auto Fair)
O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series Late Models

Oct. 13 - Charlotte Sprint Car Nationals
(In conjunction with UAW-GM Quality 500)
United States Auto Club Sprint Cars