This Easter Weekend is a slow one for the Trackside team here at CV Products. While you can normally find us at multiple tracks supporting many different racing series, this Easter Weekend CV Products will be trackside for just one event — the Pro All Stars Series’ Easter Bunny 150, which you can learn about below. But before we get there, here’s a recap of what’s happened so far this race season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

Much has been said and written about the seven different winners to start the Sprint Cup season, a streak broken this past weekend at Darlington Raceway when Kevin Harvick became the year’s first two-time winner. Overshadowed somewhat has been a concurrent revolving door, in the form of eight different Coors Light Pole winners to open the season, tied for the series’ longest season-opening streak of different pole winners.

Is competition better than ever? There are statistics supporting that notion:

  • All three manufacturers have won races thus far, led by Chevrolet’s four victories.
  • An average of 12 different leaders per race, compared to 8.6 at this point last year.
  • An average of 25.6 lead changes per race, compared to 17.4 in 2013.
  • Total of 29,541 green flag passes, compared to 23,178 in 2013.
  • Total of 346 green flag passes for the lead, compared to 181 in 2013.
  • And… an average margin of victory of 0.588 seconds, the smallest since 2008.

In addition, it’s even easier to argue that the competition has received a boost in interest because of the nuances of the new championship-deciding Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format. Race winners are virtually assured a berth in the 16-driver Chase, unless there are more than 16 different winners, whereupon the series points could be used to determine which race winners get into the “playoffs.” Number of race victories, though, will be the first “tiebreaker.” And don’t forget about this: the series points leader after 26 races – the “regular season’ champion so to speak – will get in, with or without having a race victory.

After eight races, three of the top five drivers in the series standings are winless – Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. Between them, those three drivers have won 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, but right now they’re sharing a seat that perhaps isn’t really hot just yet, but definitely is getting warm.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule resumes next Saturday night at three-quarters mile Richmond International Raceway. Richmond has been called, through the years, “the perfect track” which means there’s a good chance at an interesting season is about to become even more so.

In the meantime, here’s where to find CV Products Trackside this weekend:

Easter Bunny 150

Series: Pro All Stars Series
When: Saturday, April 19
Racetrack: Hickory Motor Speedway — Hickory, NC
Where to find us: In the pits (Pit Pass required for entry)
What you need to know: The Pro All Stars Series announced earlier this week that the Easter Bunny 150 would be televised via PASS TV powered by MotorsportsBroadcasting.com and Race22.com. The live pay-per-view broadcast from the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway will utilize MSB’s years of expertise in covering short track racing events and will also feature fan interaction through Race22′s live race updates throughout the day from Hickory. Fans can purchase the broadcast for just $25 by visiting either ProAllStarsSeries.com or Race22.com. As for the race itself, a great group of drivers have already filed pre-entries, including PASS South points leader and Hickory native, Tyler Church; PASS South points contenders Cole Timm, Jared Irvan, Trevor Noles and Tyler Dippel; and, a strong contingent of Northern drivers including Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron, Austin Theriault, Trevor Sanborn, and Ryan Moore.

There’s busy, and then there’s BUSY. This weekend, the CV Products Trackside Program will be BUSY supporting four major auto racing series, including NHRA, NASCAR, ARCA and Tudor. From races in North and South Carolina, to ones in California and Ohio, our Trackside crew will have their hands and trailers full. Here’s where we’ll be:

NHRA-Logo5th Annual Four Wide Nationals

Series: NHRA
When: Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13
Racetrack: Zmax Dragway — Charlotte, NC
What you need to know: The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series makes its first of two stops at the self-proclaimed “Bellagio of dragstrips” — with the spectacle of four-wide racing in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. The site, which has hosted an NHRA national event in mid-September since 2008, is famous for its fan amenities and side-by-side dragstrips.

VFW Sports Clips Help A Hero 200

helpahero200thumbSeries: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Friday, April 11
Racetrack: Darlington Raceway — Darlington, SC
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
How to watch from home: ESPN2 at 7:30 P.M. (EST)
What you need to know: If there is one thing that has been evident through the first six races of 2014 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, it’s that the future of NASCAR looks bright. At least two Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders have finished in the top 10 of every race this season. This streak, however, could be threatened tonight in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, a track that is notoriously hard on drivers. For this year’s class of rookie drivers, Darlington stands as the first real challenge on the 2014 schedule as its tight turns and narrow straightaways often see contestants swap paint and collect the famed “Darlington Stripe” by rubbing against the outside wall.

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach

Series: Tudor United Sportscar Championship
When: Friday, April 11 & Saturday, April 12
Racetrack: Long Beach Street Circuit — Long Beach, CA
How to watch from home: FOX Sports at 6:00 P.M. (EST)
What you need to know: Honda chassis and engines will be seeking their fourth consecutive overall victory at Long Beach. Driving for Extreme Speed Motorsports, Scott Sharp will be joined this weekend by Continue reading

Chase Elliott became the second youngest driver in NASCAR history to win a Nationwide race. The 18-year-old passed Kevin Harvick on Lap 186 of last night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, and never looked back, taking his first-ever Nationwide Series checkered flag.

Chase Elliott Wins Nationwide Race

It’s ironic that such a young driver – one making just his sixth start in the Nationwide Series – won last night. That’s because fan voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is now open on NASCAR.com, and runs through Tuesday, May 20 at noon ET. The five nominees receiving the highest percentage of votes will comprise the Fan Vote ballot, which will be included among the 54 submitted by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel to determine the Class of 2015.

One name that may someday soon make it onto the list is Chase Elliott. The 18-year-old is the son of former NASCAR Cup series champion Bill Elliott, and as we told you above, last night he held off a bunch of Sprint Cup Series drivers to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

You never know what’s going to happen during a race, which is exactly why CV Products chooses to be trackside for so many NASCAR and other series’ races. In addition to last night night’s historic race, here’s where you’ll find us for the remainder of this weekend:

duck-commander-500-2014-NASCAR-Race-LogoDuck Commander 500 

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, April 6
Racetrack: Texas Motor Speedway — Ft. Worth, TX
Note: CV’s trailer is in the Texas Motor Speedway pits

What you need to know: As we suggested might happen in last week’s Trackside write-up, Kurt Busch set a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup era record when he hit the finish line to close last Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway – six different winners in the first six races. And incredibly, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth – the top two winners from the 2013 season – aren’t among that group. Neither are marquee drivers like Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon or Denny Hamlin. Be sure to watch tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500 to see if history continues in the form of a seventh different driver winning to start the season. Catch the race from home by tuning into FOX television starting at 2:30pm (EST), or by listing into PRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Orange-County-SpeedwayOrange Blossom Special 150

Series: Pro All Star Series
When: Saturday, April 5
Racetrack: Orange County Speedway — Rougemont, NC
Note: CV’s trailer is in the Orange County Speedway pits

What you need to know: The 150-lap Orange Blossom Special gets underway at Continue reading

We’ve got a light schedule on tap this weekend for the CV Products Trackside Program, with Martinsville Speedway in Virginia being the sole beneficiary. First up is the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, followed by the STP 500 for the drivers in the Sprint Cup Series. The weather forecast for both days looks iffy. A cold front is expected to produce wet conditions, which is just fine for the folks who work in the NASCAR R&D Center. That’s because this weekend marks the unveiling of a new piece of track-drying technology aimed at getting drivers back onto the racetrack sooner when rain interrupts the action.

Kroger 250 - Practice

The new technology – the Air Titan 2.0 – is said to be a more compact, nimble and environmentally friendly version of its predecessor. The Titan 2.0 replaces those bulky support vehicles required by Air Titan 1.0 with a single, self-contained unit that’s perched on the bed of a support vehicle. By addressing the size of the power source, NASCAR says it now has the ability to deploy up to 21 drying units at larger venues and operate more efficiently on smaller tracks. That’s a good thing because they may very well need it this weekend in Martinsville!

Kroger 250

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Saturday, March 29
Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA
Where to find us: Trackside, and you’ll need to a Pit Pass to get where we are
How to watch from home: FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. (EST), and MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

What you need to know: Local driver Timothy Peters has built an impressive career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — one that includes seven victories and a top 10 points finish in each of the last six seasons. But, arguably, his greatest personal accomplishment was his Martinsville Speedway victory in 2009. This weekend, he hopes to duplicate the feat. Peters, who hails from nearby Danville, Va., hopes a new truck body will elevate his success on the Virginia short track. The 2014 truck body debuted at Daytona, and will make its first short-track start this weekend. Peters finished in fourth in this race last year, and if he were able to win on Saturday, he would become the sixth driver to record multiple wins at the track.

STP 500

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, March 30
Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA
Where to find us: Trackside, but you’ll need to a Pit Pass to get there!
Watch the race from home: FOX at 12:30 p.m. (EST), and on MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

What you need to know: Kyle Busch led five laps last Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, bringing his career total to 9,938. He needs just 62 more to become the 15th driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to reach 10,000 career laps led. But five different drivers have won the first five races of the 2014 season. That happened last year, too. But what hasn’t happened in the 10-year history of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – six different winners in the first six races. With this weekend’s wet weather conditions, don’t be surprised if that’s exactly what happens. And if the winner drives for Michael Waltrip Racing or Richard Childress Racing, it will also be six different winning teams in the first six races. And for the record, the record for most unique winners to start a season: 10 in 2000. Statistically, Johnson, Gordon and Hamlin look like the solid choices to extend the streak.

It’s awkward to be talking about “win-and-you’re-in” this early in the Spring Cup Series racing season, but with a bevy of different winners so far this year, that’s more than likely. NASCAR tells us that if there are more than 15 winners in the first 26 races, all bets are off – a race winner could be left out of the Chase. But that’s unlikely, say the experts. Last year, there were five different winners to start the season – and the regular season still ended with 13 different winners in the first 26 races.

Here’s where we’ll be for all the weekend’s action:

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Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, March 22
Racetrack: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
How to watch from home: 4:30PM (EST) on ESPN, MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: In Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler have the opportunity to reach double digits – that is, win Joe Gibbs Racing’s 10th consecutive race at Auto Club Speedway. With 10 total victories among the three national series, Busch reigns supreme in Fontana, especially in Nationwide where he’s racked up six wins. Putting all of that aside for a moment, heading into Fontana, only one point separates Regan Smith and second-place Trevor Bayne in the Nationwide standings. This time last year, Sam Hornish Jr. held a 22-point advantage over second-place Justin Allgaier. This season’s NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle is already heating up!

AutoClub_400Auto Club 400

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, March 23
Racetrack: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
How to watch from home: 2:30PM (EST) on FOX, MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will try to rebound from his first finish outside the top two (he finished 24th last weekend at Bristol). In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway, Junior’s best finish is a pair of 2nd-place showings. With the natural progression of his improvement over his last two trips to Auto Club, you may want to believe that Earnhardt’s due for a win. His Daytona win and the new Chase qualifying format where a win all but guarantees a driver a spot in the postseason has allowed him to race all out for the win every weekend. And just in case you’re wondering, Earnhardt did win the 1998 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club, so he knows what it takes to win at this particular track.

Mobile 200

Series: ARCA Racing Series
When: Saturday, March 22
Racetrack: Mobile International Speedway – Mobile, Al
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: The fastest week in Alabama got underway earlier this week with a day-long testing session for all ARCA teams on March 15, and culminates with the drop of the green flag of the ARCA Mobile 200 at 2:00 PM on Saturday March 22. The ARCA Series is one of the most versatile racing series in the world competing on superspeedways, short-tracks, road courses and dirt today. In just two years, ARCA’s Mobile 200 races have drawn fans from 22 states and Canada. Look for Justin Boston, Anderson Bowen and Grant Enfinger to battle it out for this year’s Mobile 200 title.

CV Products Trackside Program swings into high gear this weekend with a presence at five races at three different racetracks. Thunder Valley (a/k/a Bristol Motor Speedway) is where most of the attention will be, especially on Sunday. That’s when the Food City 500 will take NASCAR’s best drivers on 500-lap, 266.5-mile odyssey that never fails to produce exceptional results. Bristol’s steep banking, all-concrete surface, two pit roads and stadium-like seating give drivers and fans alike an experience that’s truly unique. Also on tap for us this weekend… the 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Hardee’s Rattler 250.

foodcity500_13thumbFood City 500

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, March 16
Racetrack: Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
Watch from home: FOX at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Radio: PRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
What you need to know: Brad Keselowski has emerged victorious two of the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway (a/k/a Thunder Valley). Even if it doesn’t seem immediately apparent, a closer look at statistical history shows he’s an heir to this slice of success. It’s all about the No. 2 – plus a trio of top-rung drivers who through the years have combined to give Team Penske a total of 10 victories at the historic .533-mile oval. In other news, something – anything – has to go Kyle Busch’s way one of these weekends. The No. 18 has led two of the first three Cup Series races this season, eclipsed the 100 driver rating figure in all three, driven the fastest laps run in all three, and has one top-10 finish to show for it.

d2sd300logothumbDrive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, March 15
Racetrack: Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
How to watch from home: ESPN2 at 1:30 p.m. (ET), and PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90
What you need to know: Vienna, West Virginia’s Cale Conley is slated to make his Nationwide series debut on Saturday in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. The 21-year-old becomes the 37th driver to make his NNS debut at Bristol, joining notables such as David Pearson, Brett Bodine and Trevor Bayne. Ryan Blaney returns to the No. 22 Team for the first time since winning at Kentucky in that ride. Blaney, who has never finished outside the top 10 at Bristol in any series, has run only one NNS race since the win.

pittlite125_thumbPittLite 125

Series: NASCAR K&N East
When: Saturday, March 15
Racetrack: Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: After a couple of weeks away from the track, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Bristol for the PittLite 125, the third event of the young event. Daniel Suárez is seeking his third straight NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory after winning the first two races of the season in February. He became just the second driver in series history to Continue reading