The engines will be louder and the cars will be quicker than a usual night of racing when the World of Outlaws Series come to Nodak Speedway on Sunday.
It will be the second sprint car competition at the track this year and the first Outlaws event since 2010.
"This is the tentacle of dirt track racing," said Tom Deery, chief operating officer of the World Racing Group, which owns and operates the World of Outlaws. "It is the highest level of competion. The highest level of the skill set."
Todd Mickelson leads a pack of sprint cars in a June race at Nodak Speedway.
The World of Outlaws - started in 1978 - Sprint Car Series is the premier circuit for the funky-shaped cars.
The series made its first appearance in Minot in 2006.
"It's a hotbed of sprint car racing in that part of the country," Deere said. "More importantly there's a contingent of very good fans that are appreciative of the events and the drivers."
NASCAR regulars like Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Ken Schrader have raced Outlaws events in the past and 2011 Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart won an Outlaws race in Wisconsin last month.
The winged cars have 850-horsepower engines that bring a loud roar to every place they go. They're the fastest class that will race at Nodak Speedway.
Craig Dollansky finished in victory lane the last time the Outlaws came to Minot and currently leads the series' point standings. Minot native Donny Schatz sits 39 points behind Dollansky in third place.
Schatz is fresh off a Saturday victory at the Goodyear Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa, and hopes to continue his good fortune by winning in his return home after last year's scheduled stop was flooded out.
"This is one of the biggest races of the year for me," Schatz said. "Getting a chance to go back is huge for me after being away for a year."
There are as many as 12 tour drivers at the event, as well as local drivers trying to knock off the series regulars.
"As a budget racer, it's a big deal for us just to get in the A-main," Minot driver Todd Mickelson said. "The highlight of the year is to make the A-main in the World of Outlaws as a driver."
Mickelson finished 23rd in an A-main race in August 2010, when the tour came for two days. This year, the electrician will have just one shot to qualify for a feature race against drivers he follows regularly. Mickelson attended the Knoxville Nationals as a spectator.
"The guys that compete with the World of Outlaws are pretty much the best in the world," he said.
Racing is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
For a closer look at Schatz, read an upcoming article in Sunday's edition.