Beginning with Thursday night's opening slate of excitement, the nation's best grassroots dirt racers converge on The Dirt Track at Charlotte in the DRIVEN Racing Oil World Short Track Championship, a three-day spectacle of short-track action on Charlotte's high-speed four-tenths-mile dirt oval.

Nine divisions of short-trackers (UMP Modifieds, Pro Late Models, NE Sportsman, NE Pro Stock, Crate Sportsman, 602 Late Models, Crate Modifieds, Mini-Stock and FWD/Hornets) take on all comers as they chase a purse exceeding $120,000.

A stellar cast of Carolinas-based drivers will compete this weekend, including Charlotte Motor Speedway Vice President of Corporate Sales Matt Long.

"You're on a bigger platform (than normal for this race)," said Cla Knight, an accomplished dirt late model racer from North Augusta, South Carolina. "This is a good place to come and make a name for yourself. If you can run well, you're going to get a lot of fans and exposure."

Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The thrilling event comes just one week before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model series join Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds in the Nov. 1-3 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am - the ultimate title-deciding showdown among dirt racing's greatest stars and fastest cars.