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CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series

CARS Tour (formerly known as the USARacing Pro Cup Series, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, CARS Pro Cup Series, Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series and CARS X1-R ProCup Series) is a stock car auto racing series in the United States. It is sanctioned by the Championship Auto Racing Series. The series races throughout the United States primarily on short tracks.


Chase Elliott and John Gibson in a 2010 Pro Cup race at North Wilkesboro Speedway

The sanctioning body was formed by Hooters owner Robert Brooks. Brooks created the body to honor the memories of four people who died in an April 1, 1993 airplane crash: Brooks' son Mark Brooks, reigning NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki, Dan Duncan, and pilot Charlie Campbell.[1] The sanctioning body started a late model series. Brooks decided to stop sanctioning the late model series in favor of the Pro Cup series while at the September 1997 race at the Milwaukee Mile. Brooks wanted to move to steel-bodied racecars. There were eleven races in 1997.[1] The series was expanded to twenty races in 1998.

In 2001, the series devised a "northern division" and a "southern division" that race separately. After the regular season, the top drivers from each division participate in a five race playoff series called the Four Champions Challenge. Winners of the respective division are awarded a 25-point bonus for the playoff and a cash bonus as regular season champions. The driver who gets the most points in the Four Champions races, and the seeding points, (four races in 2001, five races from 2002 until 2005, six in 2006, 5 races in 2007) is declared the USAR champion.

At the end of the season, each of the top 30 teams that competes in at least half of the series' regular season races in their division is given entry points based on the number of points one competitor can earn for finishing in that respective position in a race. Beginning in 2006, the top 15 in each division automatically qualified. Each driver collects points for each race they participate in during the Championship Series, adding to their entry points collected from their regular season finish. A ten-point bonus is awarded for every driver who attempts to qualify at every race, although driver must race three of the six races to qualify for postseason bonus prizes. Cash bonuses are available for winning four, five, or all six postseason races. In 2003, Shane Huffman won a bonus for winning three of the five races. The success of this series led to NASCAR devising its own playoff system in 2004. USAR officials combined the Northern and Southern divisions in 2009. Hooters dropped its sponsorship of the series the same season, and the series later re-branded itself as the USARacing Pro Cup Series.

On August 25, 2011, Series Director and Owner Jack McNelly announced that the series would be operating under the name "Championship Auto Racing Series" (CARS Pro Cup). The series picked up title sponsorship from Revolution Oil, renaming the series the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series through the 2013 season.

After entries began dropping through the final years of the season, during the 2014 playoff (only ten cars were entered at some races during the season), CARS began to transition the series into a Late Model series. Late Models (which use perimeter chassis, not to be confused with offset chassis Super Late Models) were permitted in selected races. By the end of the 2014 season, with the demise of the UARA-Stars Super Late Model series after a year's suspension, CARS effectively transitioned the Pro Cup into the CARS Late Model Tour and added a Super Late Model Tour for Super Late Models.

The new CARS Racing Tours will feature 150 lap races for both divisions. The Super Late Model Tour will work with the ARCA/CRA and the Southern Super Series for a common Super Late Model rules to establish teams in any of the three tours can run all three series with few changes.

Four Champions Playoff Champions

The following drivers won the Four Champions playoff series after the series was split into two divisions:

Series Champions

Rookies of the Year

Other notable alumni

Current drivers

The following are some of the current regular drivers:[3]


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  2. ^ Matt Kenseth Biography at his official website; 2008; Retrieved April 30, 2008
  3. ^ [1]

External links

  • Official CARS Racing Tours Website
  • Unofficial CARS Pro Cup Website
  • CARS Pro Cup Series stats from 1997 to present
  • USAR history, written in 1999 and 2002, accessed June 2006
  • Insight to new Pro Cup owners
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