DIRT's big-block modifieds have been selected as the opening act for one of the nation's most historic and prestigious motorsports events, the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Scheduled for Wednesday night, May 25, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75 marks the first time the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series has served as a preliminary event for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race.

"Moving this annual event from its traditional early April date to the Wednesday prior to the Coca-Cola 600 will expose the big-block modifieds' unique brand of side-by-side racing to thousands of fans in town for the big race," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's a great way to kick off an exciting week."

The May 25 event marks the fifth time DIRT's big-block modified drivers and teams have trekked south to the four-tenths-mile clay oval and the list of feature winners includes such stars as Steve Paine, Brett Hearn, Tim McCreadie and Doug Hoffman.

The Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75 will include a full-slate of preliminary races with a 50-lap big-block modified feature rounding out the card.

The steel-head late model stock cars of the Dixie Thunder Series will also be in action. Making their first visit to The Dirt Track, the steel-head late models will run a full slate of heat and last chance races prior to a 25-lap finale.

Reserved seats for the May 25 Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75 are $25 for adults and just $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Tickets for all Coca-Cola 600 week events, including the May 29 Coca-Cola 600, can be purchased by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com Motel rooms can be reserved by visiting www.vroomz.com> or by calling 1-877-FAN-ROOM. Coca-Cola 600 Week Schedule

May 25 *Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75
Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series, Steel-Head Late Models
May 26 CTC Pole Night
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying, CRASHCars
May 27 *Jani-King Southern Showdown
O'Reilly Southern All Star Late Models, CRASHCars
May 28 CARQUEST Auto Parts 300
NASCAR Busch Series
May 29 Coca-Cola 600
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

*The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway Event