USCS: New Carolina Thunder Tour unveiled

O'Reilly USCS Unveils its New "Carolina Thunder" Tour MOORESVILLE, NC - O'Reilly Auto Parts United Sprint Car Series officials announced its new "Carolina Thunder" Tour and the 2005 schedule on Saturday night during a meeting at...

O'Reilly USCS Unveils its New "Carolina Thunder" Tour

MOORESVILLE, NC - O'Reilly Auto Parts United Sprint Car Series officials announced its new "Carolina Thunder" Tour and the 2005 schedule on Saturday night during a meeting at Fat Boy's Restaurant. The USCS Carolina Thunder Tour will consist of 24 events on both dirt and asphalt short tracks in North and South Carolina, Virginia, East Tennessee, and East Georgia.

Over 40 interested competitors representing over 12 different race teams attended the meeting. They were told by O'Reilly USCS Founder and President Pete Walton that they will be competing for over $25,000 in point fund and contingency awards. The O'Reilly Carolina Thunder Tour replaces the Sunbelt Tour for USCS that competed in 2004.

The 2005 O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour will open on April 2 at the asphalt Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, NC. The first dirt event of the 2005 O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour season will be on April 15 at Riverside Speedway in Traveler's Rest, SC, followed by an event at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC on April 16.

<pre> O'REILLY USCS CAROLINA THUNDER TOUR 2005 SCHEDULE:

DATE            TRACK                           PLACE
April 2         Concord Motorsports Park - A    Concord, NC
April 15        Riverside Speedway - D          Traveler's Rest, SC
April 16        I-20 Speedway - D               Batesburg, SC
April 23        Oglethorpe Speedway Park - D    Savannah, GA
May 14          Cherokee Super Speedway - D     Gaffney, SC
June 4          TBA - D
June 16         Hickory Motor Speedway - A      Hickory, NC
June 17         Florence Motor Speedway - A     Florence, SC
June 18         Southern National Speedway - A  Kenly, NC
June 23         Virginia Motor Speedway - D     Saluda, VA
June 24         Crossville's Raceway USA - D    Crossville, TN
June 25         Lavonia Speedway - D            Lavonia, GA
July 8          Riverside Speedway - D          Traveler's Rest, SC
July 9          I-20 Speedway - D               Batesburg, SC
July 29         Tri-County Speedway - A         Hudson, NC
August 12       Carolina Speedway - D           Gastonia, NC
August 13       New 311 Speedway - D            Madison, NC
August 20       Sumter Speedway - D             Sumter, SC
August 27       Laurens Speedway - D            Laurens, SC
September 10    Screven Speedway - D            Sylvania, GA
September 17    Lancaster Motor Speedway - D    Lancaster, SC
September 30    I-20 Speedway - D               Batesburg, SC
October 1       I-20 Speedway - D               Batesburg, SC
October 15      Hickory Motor Speedway - A      Hickory, NC

A - Asphalt D - Dirt

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