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USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series

CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series (formerly known as the USARacing Pro Cup Series, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, CARS Pro Cup Series, Rev-Oil Pro Cup 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.

History

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.

Media

Fox Sports Net

Drivers

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

  • 2012 Dalton Hopkins
  • 2011 Blake Jones
  • 2010 Logan Ruffin
  • 2009 Lucas Ransone
  • 2008 Drew Herring
  • 2007 Brandon Ward
  • 2006 Derek Kale
  • 2005 Woody Howard
  • 2004 Matt Carter
  • 2003 Benny Gordon
  • 2002 Brian Ross
  • 2001 Toby Robertson
  • 2000 Brian Vickers
  • 1999 Steven Christian
  • 1998 Jeff Agnew
  • 1997 Brad May

Other notable alumni

Current drivers

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

  • J.P Morgan
  • Allen Purkhiser
  • Nathan Russell
  • Dalton Hopkins
  • Stacy Puryear
  • Rusty Skewes
  • Clay Rogers
  • Bill Plemons, Jr.

References

External links

  • Official CARS Pro Cup Website
  • Un-Official 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
  • http://www.procuponline.com/trackback.php?id=20110825102747910
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