MBS-Logo-300x101The CV Products Trackside Crew is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this weekend for the 22nd Annual Myrtle Beach 400. This year’s event — transformed into a two-day campaign because of the threat of rain on Sunday — features NASCAR Late Models, Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro and Challenger, Super Trucks, and Mini Stocks.

Just in case the crowd needed more excitement than you can get from a compressed schedule, David Ragan — who won the 2011 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and the 2013 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega — is scheduled to compete alongside the other talented drivers taking to Myrtle Beach Speedway’s semi-banked asphaltic oval that spans 0.538 miles. Over the years, MBS has been the training ground for some of the sport’s biggest names, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and all four generations of Pettys (Lee, Richard, Kyle, and Adam).

Here’s how tomorrow’s schedule is shaping up:

7:30 am – 8:00 am: NASCAR Late Models Drivers Meeting

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Super Truck Practice

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Modified Practice

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: NASCAR Late Model Practice

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Super Truck Tech

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Modified Tech

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Super Truck Qualifying, Euro Style, 4 trucks, 4 laps

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Modified Qualifying, Euro Style, 4 cars, 4 laps

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In a fairy-tale-like finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway that concluded the revamped Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, Kevin Harvick won the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship — and CV Products Trackside was there, and nearly everywhere else Harvick and his Sprint Cup Series competitors raced throughout the 2014 campaign, for all the action.

To win the title, the Bakersfield, Calif., native needed to finish ahead of his fellow Championship 4 drivers, and a win was the only way that could have happened. Fellow Championship 4 driver Ryan Newman finished second, while Denny Hamlin finished seventh and Joey Logano ended the night in 16th. Looking at the numbers:

  • Harvick won 14% of the races he entered this year
  • His 5,043 Sprint Cup Series Points was one better than Ryan Newman (5,042)
  • Harvick finished the sean with 5 wins, 14 Top 5 finishes, and 20 Top 10 finishes
  • All told, Harvick and his team won $7,078,477 in prize money in 2014 (that’s an average of $196,624 per race)

A veteran of all three of NASCAR’s national series, Harvick joins Brad Keselowski and Bobby Labonte as only the third driver in history to win both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and NASCAR Nationwide Series crown (2006).

Kevin Harvick after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Image @2014 NASCAR.)

Kevin Harvick after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Image ©2014 NASCAR.)

Things weren’t so dramatic in the contest for the NASCAR Nationwide Series crown. That’s because Chase Elliott — while adamant about going for one more win on Saturday at Homestead, where he was also looking to lock up the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award — had already clinched the Nationwide crown the weekend before. Subsequently, non-points qualifying drivers Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson finished 1-2-3, while Elliott, who started in ninth, finished the 29th Annual Ford Ecoboost 300 in 17th place. The 28 points Elliott collected for the finish placed him atop the Nationwide Series leader board with 1,213 point total, which was 42 points better than Regan Smith (1,171), and 59 points better than Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. Elliott, at 18 years, 11 months and 18 days, became the youngest and first rookie champion in NASCAR national series history.

Matt Kenseth taking the checkered flag during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Image ©2014 NASCAR.)

Matt Kenseth taking the checkered flag during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Image ©2014 NASCAR.)

CV Products Trackside was also in the pits at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 19th Annual Ford Ecoboost 200 — that’s the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race that occurred on Continue reading

If Kevin Harvick had to pick one racetrack for a “win-or-go-home” scenario, CV Products Trackside team wouldn’t fault him for choosing Phoenix International Raceway. That’s because Harvick boasts a series-best five wins at the one-mile tri-oval and has taken the checkered flag in three of the last four races there, including the past two.

That’s just one of the storylines we’re following with respect to this weekend’s racing action. Here’s the rest:

ncwts_phoenix_lucasoil150Lucas Oil 150

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Friday, November 7
Racetrack: Phoenix International Raceway — Phoenix, AZ
What to Watch for: It’s down to the seasoned veteran versus the rising star in tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship battle. With just two races left in the 2015 campaign, defending champion Matt Crafton leads Ryan Blaney by 23 points heading into tonight’s Lucas Oil 150. No matter the outcome at the final race of the year — Homestead — at least one championship record will be set. Crafton would be the first back-to-back champion in the 20-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, while Blaney would be the series’ youngest champion at 20 years, 10 months and 14 days. Before heading to Miami, the two drivers will go at it Phoenix International Raceway for Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 (right now on FOX Sports 1 but the racing hasn’t started yet due to a power outage). Both have performed well at the one-mile tri-oval. Blaney boasts a pair of top-10 finishes in as many starts, while Crafton has four top-five and nine top-10 showings in 13 races at Phoenix. Neither has won there.
How to watch from home: FOX SPORTS 1 starting at 5:30pm EDST
How to find CV Trackside: We’re in the pits (you’ll need a Pit Pass to get to us)

dav_200_whiteDAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, November 8
Racetrack: Phoenix International Raceway — Phoenix, AZ
What You Need to Know:

  1. The NASCAR Nationwide Series championship is Chase Elliott’s to lose.
  2. The rest of the final positions are in flux.
  3. Regan Smith’s second-place position in the series standings is susceptible to challenge by third-place Brian Scott (-15 behind Smith), fourth-place Elliott Sadler (-20) and fifth-place Ty Dillon (-27).
  4. When the series went to Phoenix earlier this season, three of these four drivers finished in the top 10, with Sadler claiming the best finish of the four at sixth-place; followed by Smith (eighth) and Dillon (10th). Scott finished 11th.
  5. If Smith can hold on to second-place in the points, it will be his best series career standings finish – his previous best was third last season.

How to Watch From Home: 4pm EDST on ESPN
How to find CV Trackside: Use your Pitt Pass to visit us in the pitts

nscs_phoenix_quickenloans500Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, November 9
Racetrack: Phoenix International Raceway — Phoenix, AZ
What You Need to Know: It’s difficult not to talk about Continue reading

One week after getting bounced from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag at Martinsville to become the first non-championship-qualifying driver to win a race in NASCAR’s playoffs this season. Despite winning one week too late, the victory was an important one, because like all of the drivers in all of the races we’re supporting this weekend, no one’s racing for anything but a trip to victory lane.

Speaking of victory lane, here’s where to find us this weekend (and remember, you’ll need a pit pass to get to where we are at each of the races listed below):

ncwts_texas_winstarworldcasinoandresort350Winstar World Casino and Resort 350

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Friday, October 31
Racetrack: Texas Motor Speedway — Fort Worth, TX
Here’s how this one played out: Kyle Busch won his seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season last night and the 42nd of his storied Truck Series career. Busch was dominant all night, leading more laps than anyone else (80), cruising to victory at the Winstar World Casino and Resort 350 under caution as a couple of the trucks behind him wrecked on the final lap. Tonight’s win marked the 10th time Busch has visited victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway, and the 42nd time he’s walked away with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. With only two races left in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign, Matt Crafton — the winner of two races this season and the defending series champion — maintains his series lead over Ryan Blaney by 23 points. If you’re wondering why it is that Busch — who has seven Tuck Series victories this season alone — isn’t leading the series point standings himself, that’s because he doesn’t qualify for series points on account of not racing in the series full-time.

nns_texas_oreillyautopartschallengeO’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, November 1
Racetrack: Texas Motor Speedway — Fort Worth, TX
What you need to know: The NASCAR Nationwide Series is coming off a two-week layoff. Brian Scott had the second-best average finish (8.6) behind points leader Chase Elliott (7.0). Scott has posted six top fives and 20 top 10s this season – a series career best. His season-to-date driver rating of 101.4 and average running position of 7.4 are both second-best among series championship contenders. Scott has made nine starts at Texas posting two top 10s. Elliott Sadler, fourth in the point standings, is closing just two points back from third-place Brian Scott. Sadler has posted one win (Talladega), six top fives, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 9.7 this season. He moved to fourth in the standings following his ninth-place finish at Charlotte a few weeks ago. Sadler has made 13 starts at Texas posting three top fives, seven top 10s and two poles.
How to watch from home: Continue reading

Charlie-Fisher

Charlie Fisher of Fisher Racing Engines

We can’t think of a single thing that makes us happier than having an engine builder tell us how much they like one of our products — and that holds true for every racing item we manufacture here at CV Products.

Take our XTS belt drive for sprint cars, for example. We know it’s a great system and apparently, so do our customers. A proven race winner, our belt drive features a two-piece design aluminum hard-anodized cam gear that not only eases, but also reduces the time to degree the camshaft.

Charlie Fisher of Fisher Racing Engines in Plain City, Ohio, is a big fan of our XTS product, but he admits had some doubts about using our belt on his sprint car engines. He said the camshaft drive systems in sprint cars are often subject to additional loads from the oil pump, magneto, power-steering pump and the fuel pump.

Nevertheless, he banked on obtaining more power and dependability and went ahead and pulled the trigger on running our XTS belt drive system.

But let’s let Fisher describe his experience:

“I immediately noticed during dyno testing that our detonation light does not come on when the engine is properly fueled and timed. Before this, it would come on two times during a run. I am seeing 0.1- to 1-horsepower per cylinder again when using the belt drive in conjunction with the crank trigger. Often we see a loss of top end power with a crank trigger due to lack of retard.”

Available in an XTS90306 standard cam and Continue reading

Before we get into the nitty gritty of this storyline-rich round, a quick primer of the Eliminator Round – the final hurdle before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Only eight drivers remain in championship contention as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kicks off its Eliminator Round with the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway tomorrow.

Points for the remaining drivers in the Chase – Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin – have been reset to 4,000. Following Martinsville, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will visit Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 2 at 3 pm ET on ESPN) and conclude the Eliminator Round at Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN). Like the previous two Chase segments, a win by a championship-eligible driver guarantees advancement to Homestead. The four winless championship-qualifying drivers lowest in points will be “eliminated” after Phoenix. The advancing four drivers left in NASCAR’s Playoffs will move on to the one-race Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN).

As for this weekend, here’s where to find us and how to follow along from home

Kroger200Kroger 200

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Saturday, October 25
Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway — Martinsville, VA
How to watch from home: 3:30pm (ET) on ESPN2
How to find CV Products Trackside crew: We’re in the pits — Pitt Pass required.

GHRS 500 CGoody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, October 26
Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway — Martinsville, VA
How to watch from home: 1pm (ET) on ESPN
How to find CV Products Trackside crew: We’ll be in the pits — Pitt Pass is required for access.