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Piston Cup Racing Series (known as Hudson Hornet Piston Cup circa 2010-2013) is an American auto racing series championship in most of time of stock cars. Circa 2016-2017 in race started dominate high-tech generation of racing cars.

It started in the late 1940s with dirt track circuits and from 1960s to present days consists of asphalt racing.


1950s seasons

Hudson's flip manever on Thomasville Speedway.

In 1950s seasons, the cars were production vehicles with no modifications allowed. The term stock car implied that the vehicles racing were unmodified street cars. In this era, tracks was on dirt. In 1951, Hudson Hortnet started racing and won in 1951, 1952 and 1953 season. He achieved thirteen victories in 1951, twenty-seven victories in 1952, and twenty-two victories in 1953 and sixteen victories in 1954.[1] In one of this seasons, Louise Nash started racing, first and only one woman in time of 1950s. She won three races in a row in her first season against Hudson Hornet. Because of discrimination, she had to steal her racing number to get her first chance on the track. But Louise's fearless driving style soon won her the respect of every car she raced. In race in one of this seasons on Thomasville Speedway, Hornet was pushed against the wall by Leroy Heming. But with quick thinking, Hudson performed a flip maneuver over him and crossed the finish line.

Hudson's crash.

In 1954 on race on Daytona Beach while power sliding at Fireball Beach, Hudson Hornet lost control and rolled several times, receiving serious damage, and after that, he was hospitalized. His injuries rendered him unable to compete for the rest of the season. While Hornet made a healthy recovery and he was forced to retire.

===1960s-2004 seasons=== In later seasons there was started using speedways with hard surface and started racing stock cars created for the needs of the competition. In late 1970s Kraig Shiftright won 2 seasons and Klint Shiftright won 3 seasons in early 1990s. Haul Inngas won most likely in 1990s or 2000s and Strip Weathers won 7 times in 1970s-1980s.

2005 season

Lightning McQueen, Strip Weathers, and Chick Hicks

In 2005 season, Lightning McQueen was a rookie. His first race was at Glen Ellyn. The 2005 season saw seven-time Piston Cup champion Strip Weathers, constant runner-up Chick Hicks, and popular new rookie Lightning McQueen as the leading competitors. The final race of the season, called the Dinoco 400, was held at the Motor Speedway of the South. The three leading racers all had a score of 5013 points, meaning whichever of the three placed first would take home the Piston Cup and the coveted Dinoco sponsorship.

Towards the start of the race, a large accident was caused by Chick Hicks with the intention of separating himself from the gaining McQueen. The accident involved every racer except for Weathers, Hicks, and McQueen, as the ladder skillfully managed to make his way through the crash without taking any damage. The other racers received damage, however, such as Chuck Armstrong, who was taken out of the race by a tow truck.

The first three-way tie in Piston Cup history.

Subsequently, Lightning McQueen arrogantly refused pit stops, which allowed him to gain an entire lap advantage on the other racers, which continued into the final lap of the race. However, as McQueen rounded the final turn, his tires blew out, leaving him crawling to the finish line. The other racers caught up to him, and McQueen, Hicks, and Weathers all crossed the finish line at the same time, making it the first three-way tie in Piston Cup history. A tie-breaker race between the three was set to be held at the Los Angeles International Speedway.

However, during Lightning's journey there, he fell out of his trailer and ended up in the small town of Radiator Springs, where he accidentally ripped up the road and was sentenced to community service. Once Lightning served his time, he was taken to the race, where he found it difficult to concentrate due to missing the friends he made while there. However, Lightning was joyful when he discovered that Hudson and the other townspeople had come to serve as his pit crew.

McQueen assists Weathers to the finish line.

Lightning, who had learned new abilities from his friends, utilized them during the race, which allowed him to hold up well against his two competitors, eventually taking the lead. Hicks, frustrated with constantly placing behind Weathers, performed a pit maneuver on him, causing the seven-time champion to spin out of control and take heavy damage. McQueen, noticing similarities between Weathers' and Hudson's accidents, stopped just before the finish line and reversed up to Weathers, and helped him to the finish line, believing the old-timer should finish his last race. Despite being the victor, Hicks was booed for his actions, while McQueen was congratulated for his good sportsmanship.

2006-2015 seasons

Hudson Hornet Piston Cup trophy

McQueen won 7 times the Piston Cup series in 2010 and between 2006-2015. After Doc Hudson's death in 2009,[2] the Piston Cup renamed the Hudson Hornet Piston Cup, in his honor, and McQueen's team was left without a crew chief. Immediately, following the 2010 season, McQueen was invited to compete in the World Grand Prix. From 2010 to 2013, the Hudson Hornet Piston Cup was renamed back to "Piston Cup", and the logo changed as well. 

2016 season

Bobby Swift, Cal Weathers and Lightning McQueen.

At the Dinoco Light 350 in the Motor Speedway of the South, Lightning won the race. In the next race at Rocker Arms International, McQueen and Cal both went for first place at last lap with Cal being the winner. The Georgia Motor Speedway race was won by McQueen.

Jackson Storm and Harvey Rodcap

At the Dinoco 400 at Copper Canyon Speedway, McQueen was in the lead with Bobby second and Cal third, but all three were beaten by rookie Jackson Storm. Storm also won the next races at the Motor Speedway of the South, Grandol Oil Co. Raceway, BnL Raceway, and Rustbelt Raceway. After the last one, Cal Weathers retired from the sport, racing by the tip of his uncle, and many other veteran racers leave the sport too, leaving only a handful remaining.

Before the race at Los Angeles International Speedway, Octane Gain racer, Bobby Swift retired. After the race's start, McQueen started to overtake others and even catch Storm on last laps. When they both came in to pit, McQueen's pit stop was faster than Storm's, and Lightning took the lead. Jackson quickly caught up with Lightning and took the lead. Following Storm's words of McQueen possibly retiring, McQueen slowed down and was overtaken by Daniel Swervez and Chase Racelott, losing two positions.

McQueen's crash with Tim Treadless watching

McQueen tried to catch Storm and the others, but he lost control and was sent into a roll which left him unable to compete. Lightning was hospitalized, while Storm proceeded to win the race and become the 2016 Piston Cup champion.

2017 season

Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm

Four months later, McQueen and Cruz Ramirez were practicing and getting McQueen into shape with the goal of beating Storm at the Florida 500 at the Florida International Super Speedway. Lightning missed all qualification sessions, and because of this, he would start dead last. The first time after Doc's death, McQueen had a crew chief, Smokey, former crew chief of Doc. After the race's start, McQueen quickly began overtaking others and made steady progress through the ranks.

In the middle of the race, the new owner of Rust-eze, Sterling, said to Cruz that she should train racers instead of watching the race. Lightning heard that on the team radio and remembered that Cruz dreamed to be a racer. McQueen forgot about the race and did not notice a big accident in front of him. He perormed every move and continued the race. When all racers were called back to the pits, McQueen said that Cruz Ramirez should come back. McQueen asked Guido to change her tires, Fillmore to refuel and Ramone to repaint her. After that, he had a surprised Cruz take his place. Later, Lightning became her crew chief. Using tactics she learned while practicing with Lightning, Ramirez was able to overcome other racers, and even caught up with Jackson Storm. He attempted to distract her from winning and went as far as pushing her against the wall when she tried to pass him. Cruz performed a flip over Storm, as Doc Hudson done in the 1950s, and won the race. Officially, McQueen won the race too, because Lightning and Cruz raced with the same numbers. After the race, she signed with Dinoco, with McQueen as her crew chief, and chose number 51 as a tribute to the Hudson Hornet. Cruz continued to win races in the rest of the season.


Old Piston Cup logo.

The Piston Cup races are big events sponsored by lots of trademarks and covered by the Racing Sports Network (RSN), which creates live televised broadcasts, in addition to providing other media coverage. Modern races take place at huge racing stadiums, which traditionally have oval-shaped tracks, although the shape may slightly vary from track to track, such as at the Los Angeles International Speedway.

A Piston Cup championship consists of various races where the competitors earn points in relation to their placement in the final rankings of the event. At the end of the season, the car with the most points wins the championship and receives a Piston Cup trophy, as well as sponsorship from Dinoco, a fuel brand closely associated with the Piston Cup series.

Races can vary from seven to 500 laps. Each competitor has a team of pitties, a crew chief and a hauler, which are sponsored, and may help the racer by giving advice via headsets, and by providing fuel and tire changes during pit stops.


Image Logo Name Description Location Notes
Alabama Speedway.png Alabama Speedway A standard race track. Alabama
BnL Speedway.png BnL Raceway A standard race track. owner: Buy n Large
CopperCanyon.jpg Race2.png Copper Canyon A standard race track.
Dtaa.jpg DataShift Raceway A standard race track. events:

Daytonabeach.jpg Daytona Beach A dirt track Daytona
Florida 500.png Florida International Super Speedway A standard race track Florida events:

Georgia Motor Speedway.jpeg Race1.png Georgia Motor Speedway A standard track Georgia owner: Mood Springs,
Gale11111.png Glen Ellyn A standard race track.
GrandolOilCoRaceway.jpg Grandol Oil Co. Raceway A standard race track owner: Grandol Oil Co.
Chick Hicks congratulating Jackson Storm in his win.png Heartland Motor Speedway A standard race track.
LA Speedway 4.jpg The World of Cars Online Los Angeles International Speedway.png Los Angeles International Speedway A standard race track Los Angeles events:

MSS - Cars 1.png Msotslogo-1--1-.png Motor Speedway of the South A standard race track Motor City events:

Rocker Arms International -2.png Rocker Arms International A standard race track
RustbeltRaceway.jpg Rustbelt Raceway A standard race track
Rayo Mcqueen -8.png Thomasville Speedway A dirt track Thomasville
Virginia Speedway.png Virginia Speedway A standard race track


Image Logo Name Description Location First appearance Notes
RyanShieldsBrushCurberSageVanDerSpinTheWorldofCarsOnline.jpg Backfire Canyon Speedway.jpg Backfire Canyon Speedway A standard race track The World of Cars Online
Beachside Speedway.png Beachside Speedway A standard race track Beachside The Rookie events: Beachside 500
BigHeartlandSpeedway.jpg Heartland.png Big Heartland Speedway A standard race track The World of Cars Online
Chadrlotte Springs Speedway.jpg Charlotte Springs Speedway A standard race track Charlotte Springs Cars 2005 teaser trailer
Palm Mile Speedway.jpg Palm Mile Speedway A standard race track Palm Mile Cars: The Video Game
HaulInngasSliderPetrolskiChickHicksTheWorldofCarsOnline.jpg Petroleum City.jpg Petroleum City Super Speedway A standard race track Petroleum City The World of Cars Online
Smasherville Speedway.JPG Smasherville Speedway A standard race track Smasherville The World of Cars Online
Sun Valley International Raceway.jpg Sun Valley International Raceway An standard race track Sun Valley Cars: The Video Game
Treadwell Motor Speedway A standard race track. Treadwell Mater Private Eye
LeeRevkinsToddMarcusJohnnyBlamerTheWorldofCarsOnline.jpg TailGator.png Tailgator Speedway A standard race track The World of Cars Online


List of racers

See also: List of racers by driver number


Number Image Name Sponsor(s) Years Championships
? Slide Powers ? Late 40s -?
? Kurt Shiftright ? 1950s-?
? Kraig Shiftright ? 1970s-? Late 70s
? Klint Shiftright ? 1980s-? Early 90s
? Darrel Draggered ? ?-2005
Gus O'Line ? 1950s-?
? Dash Rallyman ? ?-?
? Buck Schooner ? ?-?
? Spyder Dangerford ? ?-?
Jimmy Cables Intersection ?-2016
01 Sammysmelter.png Sammy Smelter Rust-eze ?-2004
4 Rusty Cornfuel.png Rusty Cornfuel Tow Cap Before 2005-?
Jack depost.jpg
Jack DePost Tow Cap ?-2016
Lane Locke SynerG ?-2016
Markus Krankzler Artwork.png
Markus Krankzler    Transberry      Juice ?-2016
8 Dale earnhardt, jr.png Dale Earnhardt, Junior Dale Earnhardt Inc. 2000-?
Levi Mitchan Kirby Farm Implement & Supply Co.

Junior's Body Repair Bowling Green

11 JMoon.png Junior Moon 1950s-?
11 Mario andretti.png Mario Andretti


Chip gearingssssss.png
Chip Gearings Combustr ?-2016
Unknown Fireball Beach Fire Department 1950s-?
Carl Clutchen Easy Idle ?-2016
Robinson Southern Gold

Make Way

Darrel Cartrip.png
Darrell Cartrip DWstore.com 1977-?
Bobby swift 19.png
Bobby Swift Octane Gain ?-2016
Speedy Comet Blinkr ?-2016
Sammy 1950s-?
24 Brick yardley.png Brick Yardley Vitoline 2007-2016
26 26 Racer.png Unknown Arrow 1950s-?
28 Aiken Axler.png Aiken Axler Nitroade 2003-?
Phil Tankson Nitroade ?-2016
Unknown 1950s-?
Terry Kargas TripleDent ?-2016
33 Chuck Armstrong.png Chuck Armstrong Mood Springs Before 2005-?
Dud Throttleman Mood Springs ?-2016
34 RiverScottCars3Artwork.jpg River Scott 1950s-?
Dirkson D'Agostino Trunk Fresh Before 2005-2016
35 Kevin Racingtire.png Kevin Racingtire Shifty Drug

Before 2005-?

36 Eugene Carbureski.png Eugene Carbureski Tank Coat 1980's-?
Reb Meeker.jpg
Reb Meeker Tank Coat ?-2017
39 Ryan Shields.png Ryan Shields View Zeen Before 2005-?
39 Buck.png Buck Bearingly View Zeen ?-2016
41 41racer.png Unknown 1950s-?
42 CalWeathersCars3Artwork.jpg Cal Weathers Dinoco 2006-2016
43 The king.png Strip Weathers Dinoco 1970-2005 1970s-1980s
T.G. Castlenut
T.G. Castlenut Re-Volting ?-2016
51 DocRacing.png Hudson Hornet 1951-1954 1951, 1952, 1953
51 Ruby Easy Oaks.png Ruby Oaks Easy Idle Before 2005-?
52 Claude Scruggs-0.png Claude Scruggs Leak Less 1980's-?
Brian Spark Leak Less ?-2017
54 Johnny Blamer.png Johnny Blamer Faux Wheel Drive 1995-?
Tommy Highbanks Faux Wheel Drive ?-2016
56 BrushCurberpromo.png Brush Curber Fiber Fuel 1990's-?
58 Billy Oilchanger.png Billy Oilchanger Octane Gain 1990's-?
61 James Cleanair.png James Cleanair Vitoline 1985-2006
63 Lee Revkins.png Lee Revkins Transberry Juice

Before 2005-?

64 220px-Winford Bradford Rutherford.png Winford Bradford Rutherford RPM Before 2005-?   
Bruce Artwork.jpg
Bruce Miller RPM ?-2016
"Slim" Hood The Plaza Supermarket

Sludge Cola Motor Oil Bristol. TN Re-Volting Southern Gold

Bobby Roadtesta      Carbon          Cyber ?-2016
68 Manny Flywheel.png Manny Flywheel N20 Cola Before 2005-?
Parker Brakeston N2O Cola ?-2016
Floyd M.png
Floyd Mulvihill Gasprin           2005-2016
73 Misti Motorkross.png Misti Motorkrass Rev-N-Go 1980's-?
Bandicam 2018-07-08 16-38-14-334.jpg
Unknown Rev-N-Go ?-2017
74 Slider Petrolski.png Slider Petrolski Sidewall Shine Before 2005-?
76 Crusty Rotor.png Crusty Rotor Vinyl Toupee 1980's-?
Rev Roadages Vinyl Toupee ?-2017
79 Haul Inngas.png Haul Inngas Retread Early 90s-?    1990s, 2000s
80 Sage VanDerSpin.png Sage VanDerSpin Gask-its 2004-?
Rex Revler Gask-its ?-2016
Darren Leadfoot.png
Darren Leadfoot Shiny Wax Before 2005-2017
Guzzler Lucky's Bar & Grill

The Radicals Car Club Motor Oil Clint's Bait & Tackle

84 Davey Apex.png Davey Apex Re-Volting Before 2005-?
84 Mac iCar.png Mac iCar Apple, Inc. Before 2005-?
Apple, Inc ?-2016
86 Chick Hicks.png Chick Hicks HtB 1970's-? 2005
Bandicam 2018-07-09 13-32-56-646.jpg
Rusty Dipstick Grandol Oil Co.

Frostal Air Filters Re-Volting

Ponchy Wipeout.png
Ponchy Wipeout Bumper Save Before 2005-2017
91 91racer.png Randy Lawson Sputter Stop 1950s-?
Murray Clutchburn.png
Murray Clutchburn Sputter Stop 1985-2017
Ernie Gearson Cars 3.jpeg
Ernie Gearson                          Spare Mint 1970's-2016
94 Louise Nash.png Louise Nash 1950s-?
95 LightningMcQueenCars3.png Lightning McQueen Smell Swell (former)



Between 2006 and 2015 and with a known win 2010

101 Greg Candyman.png Greg Candyman Tach-O-Mint 1980's-?
Ralph carlow.png
Ralph Carlow Lil' Torquey Pistons Before 2005-2017
121 Kevin Shiftright.png Kevin Shiftright Clutch Aid Before 2005-?
Dino Draftsky Clutch Aid ?-2017
Todd Marcus.png
Todd Marcus No Stall Before 2005-2016
300 Rvltng.jpg Leroy Heming Re-Volting

Faraday Valley Dealers



Number Image Name Sponsor(s) Years Championships
Flip dover00.png
Flip Dover Intersection 2016-present
2.0 JacksonStormCars3Artwork.png Jackson Storm IGNTR 2016-present 2016
J.d. mcpillartowcap4.png
J.D. McPillar Tow Cap 2016-present
Spikey Fillups SynerG 2016-present
6 Bubba wheelhouse.png Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr. Transberry Juice 2016-present
Adolf Bumpler (His legal name)wrong.jpg
Chris Roamin' Combustr 2016-present
Next-Gen Easy Idle-0.png
Harvey Rodcap Easy Idle 2016-present
19 Daniel swervez.png Daniel Swervez Octane Gain 2016-present
21 Ryan inside laney (1).png Ryan Laney Blinkr 2016-present
24 Chase racelott.png Chase Racelott Vitoline 2016-present
Treadless, Tim2-0.jpg
Tim Treadless Nitroade 2016-present
Cam Spinner TripleDent 2016-present
33 Garfield.png Ed Truncan Mood Springs 2016-present
34 34Racer.png Steve LaPage Trunk Fresh 2016-present
Rich Mixon Tank Coat 2017-present
Michael Rotor View Zeen 2017-present
Aaron clockernextgen.png
Aaron Clocker Re-Volting 2016-present
(formerly 95)
Cruz sponsorowana przez Dinoco.png Cruz Ramirez Rust-eze (former)
52 Leak.png Unknown Leak Less 2017-present
Herb Curbler Faux Wheel Drive 2016-present
Barry DePedal RPM 2016-present
Unknown Carbon Cyber 2016-present
H.J. Hollis N2O Cola 2016-present
70 Gas.png Richie Gunzit Gasprin 2016-present
Unknown Rev-N-Go 2017-present
Unknown Vinyl Toupee 2017-present
Dan Carcia Gask-its 2016-present
Conrad Camber Shiny Wax 2017-present
J.P.Drive new artwork84.png
J.P. Drive Apple, Inc. 2016-present
Paul Conrev Bumper Save 2017-present
Sheldon Shifter Sputter Stop 2017-present
Unknown Spare Mint 2016-present
Brandon Martinez (2)wow.jpg
Eric Braker Lil' Torquey Pistons 2017-present
121 AdamCrash.jpeg Unknown Clutch Aid 2017-present
Unknown No Stall 2016-present

List of champions

Non-canon histories

  • In Raily Race comics Hudson Hornet was show as Hudson's accident after its he ends his racing carier. It was show that crash caused by his rival, Sammy, that sideswiped him out, and Doc hit racer with number 57, somersaulted and landed on wheels, while Sammy won that race and became a champion.
  • In comics The Rookie was say say, that Lightning McQueen's first race was on Beachside Speedway and he replace Rust-eze racer with number 11 after his crash.
  • In Cars: The Video Game was show season 2006. In that season get part other racers, often with exchanged numbers. The season was won by Lightning McQueen.

Page in book Race Around the World.


  • The Piston Cup is based on the real world Winston Cup, awarded to NASCAR champions from 1971 to 2003. In 2004, however, NASCAR severed relations with Winston and the award became the Nextel Cup, quickly changing to the Sprint Cup after Sprint bought out Nextel. Incidentally, the Hudson Hornet competed in the Grand National era of 1950 to 1970. Title sponsorship with Sprint ended after 2016, merging with Monster Energy to create a new title, the "Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series", starting in 2017. Before 1950, in 1949 there was "Strictly stock".
  • In real life, contemporary NASCAR vehicles would not be able to compete against vehicles of the Grand National era. This is because modern NASCAR vehicles are spec, racing-built sedans with sophisticated racing technology whereas Grand National era cars are modified production cars. Today's NASCAR sedans would greatly outperform the stock cars of the Grand National era. Also, NASCAR safety technology has dramatically evolved since the Grand National era and thus drivers of such vehicles would be at a greater safety risk than those driving today's NASCAR sedans.


Notes and references

  1. These statistics can be found in descriptions of Hudson's racing history at Cars Land in California.
  2. Concept art Cars 3 concept art.
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