USCS Southern Thunder kicks off with weekend Carolina/Travelers Rest double April 15-16th


By Pete Walton

Atlanta, GA –April 10, 2011 – The United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear 15th Anniversary “Outlaw Thunder” Tour fires back into action this coming weekend with two events in the USCS Southern Thunder region in the Carolinas. The USCS Southern Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear regional series season opener kicks off this Friday, April 15that 8:00pm at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC. The following night on Saturday, April 16th at 7:00 m the series moves about 90 minutes South down I-85 to the Greenville, SC suburb of Travelers Rest, SC and Travelers Rest Speedway for Round #2 of the 2011 title chase.

Both tracks are among the series driver’s favorite stops on the 45-night schedule. A visit to the USCS victory lane on either night yields the feature winner a $2000 paycheck. Various contingency awards from sponsors offer drivers another $500 in product awards. Those race award sponsors include Butlerbuilt, Diversified Machine, Inc/DMI, Engler Machine and Tool, J E Pistons, K&N Filters and Keizer Wheels.

Each event will award National as well as regional series Championship points. Nine-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee currently leads the National point standings by a scant 5 points over Sikeston, Missouri’s Jerrod Hull.

The 2008 USCS Rookie of the Year, Anthony Nicholson from Bartlett, Tennessee follows in third place with second generation sprint car driver Brian Bell from Cordova, Tennessee in fourth place in the standings. The series’ 2010 18-year old female Rookie of the Year, Morgan Turpen from Oakland, Tennessee rounds out the top five drivers after two events held in the USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear region.

The USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint cars will be joined on the racing card by the new USCS 600 Sprint Car Series winged mini-sprints both nights.

Carolina Speedway is located at 6335 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054. Their phone number is 704-869-0313. The track website is The Travelers Rest Speedway is located at 1425 North U.S. Highway 25 Travelers Rest, South Carolina 29690. The track’s website is located at The Trvelers Rest Speedway track phone number is 864-551-1621. For more info on the United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear please visit or call 770-460-7223.