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By Pete Walton

Atlanta, GA – September 27, 2013 – The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters ( returns to the red dirt 3/8 mile racing surface at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North Carolina for a full night of racing action this Friday night during the 5th annual USCS Carolina Thunder Nationals. The event for winged sprint cars also includes the co-sanctioned North vs. South Shootout challenge race between the Georgia based United Sprint Car Series (USCS) and the Delaware based Rislone United Racing Company (URC) sprint car organization ( The USCS is in its seventeenth season of competition and the URC, as the oldest sprint car sanction in the country, has contested sixty plus seasons of competition.
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The co-sanctioned event promises to be loaded with an action-packed sprint car racing program with some of the country’s top ranked drivers racing for pride and glory for their series in this first time ever USCS vs. URC North vs. South Shootout sprint car challenge event at Carolina Speedway. Friday night’s racing action features a full program of USCS and URC winged outlaw style sprint car racing plus racing in three of Carolina Speedway’s most popular weekly racing divisions. Additionally the action packed racing card features the winged USCS 600 Sprint Car Series mini/micro sprints. The speedway’s NDRA Late Models, Open Wheel Modified and Renegade divisions will join the two sprint car divisions with special events of their own.

The USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour and URC winged sprint cars and USCS 600 Sprint Car Series will contest a full racing program including their Speed Dash, Qualifying Heat races and Main Events on Friday. All three other divisions will also contest a full program of qualifying races and main events. The Carolina Speedway weekly racing series NDRA Late Models are racing for $1000 to win, the track’s Open Wheel Modifieds are racing for a $600 top prize in their Championship main event and the Tilley Harley Davidson Renegades’ portion of the event pays $500 to the winner of that event.

The Carolina Speedway USCS Vs. URC event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least ten states to the track from as far away as New York, Florida and Arkansas. The exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning, 700 horsepower open-wheeled USCS sprint cars weight just 1,300 pounds, and are pound for pound the World’s most powerful short track race cars. The cars will literally fly around the track surface at speeds well over 130 M.P.H. It is not uncommon to see the USCS sprint cars popping “wheelies” or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 17-inch wide rear tires.

Past USCS Southern Thunder regional series Champion, Johnny Bridges from nearby, Cherryville, North Carolina won the 2012 Carolina Thunder Nationals Round #1 event at Carolina Speedway. Other previous winners include, The 2010 USCS Southern Thunder regional series “Rookie of the Year” 16 year-old Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte, North Carolina was the winner in the first main event of two during the 2011 contest. The only female in the field and the 2010 National “Rookie of the Year”, 18 year-old Morgan Turpen from Oakland, Tennessee won the second main event during the 2011 Thunder Nationals main event. Matt Linder from Hoschton, Georgia won the 2010 version of the event and ten times USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee won the 2009 event. All of those drivers except for Matt Linder are entered for this year’s event with a host of other talented drivers. Eric Riggins, Jr. was the most recent USCS feature winner at Carolina Speedway during the series’ April 12, 2013 event.

Carolina Speedway is located at 6335 Union Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054. The race track phone number is: (704) 869-0313. The track’s website is For USCS information, please visit the USCS web site at or call the USCS presented by K&N Filters at 770-865-6097.