The short-track stars of summer will heat up the autumn night Oct. 28-29 when Bank of America presents the World Short-Track Championships at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.

More than 150 weekly racers, some from as far away as Missouri and New York, have submitted entries for the inaugural event which features two nights of action on the lightning-fast four-tenths-mile clay oval.

"Short-track racing is the backbone of American motorsports and we are honored to give weekly racers the opportunity to conclude their season at our state-of-the-art dirt track," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A $40,500 purse will be up for grabs as the late models of the Dixie Thunder Series headline the program with the winged sprint cars of the American Sprint Car Series Southern Tour also on the card. IMCA modifieds, the Top Tracks dirt crate models and CRASHCars round out the action-packed program.

Josh Wright of Mooresville, N.C., and Roger Moser of Auxvasse, Mo, both feature winners at The Dirt Track, are among the IMCA modified entries while Dennis "Rambo" Franklin and Ricky Weeks are expected to participate in the Dixie Thunder portion of the program.

The sprint car portion of the event will wrap up the season for the Heintz Performance American Sprint Car Series Southern Tour. Entering the event, Scott Young of Mooresville, N.C., holds a slim 20-point lead over fellow Mooresville resident Coby Adams in the championship battle.

Practice and qualifying heat races for each of the five divisions will be Friday night, Oct. 28, with last chance races and feature events on tap Saturday night, Oct. 29.

The Bank of America presents the World Short-Track Championships will run in conjunction with the 12th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway. One of the nation's largest street rod shows, the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals annually attracts more than 3,000 pre-1972 hot rods, customs and classics.

One ticket is good for both nights of the Bank of America presents the World Short-Track Championships and adult seats are just $25 with children ages 12 and under admitted for $10. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. both nights with racing slated to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.