Dominating performances were on tap this past weekend, as the winners of all three major NASCAR series’ races — and the winner of the ARCA race — didn’t flinch an inch in the final stretches before capturing their respective checkered flags. And CV Products Trackside was there for all the action.

Here’s where we were and what we saw:

NC LOTTO 200 2008North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Friday, May 16
Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway  — Charlotte, NC
Race recap: After Friday night’s dominating performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch appears to be untouchable, at least where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is concerned. Leading 130 of 134 laps after starting his truck on the pole for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Busch claimed his third truck series win in as many starts this season and his fourth consecutive going back to last year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory was Busch’s 38th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his sixth at Charlotte. If only Busch’s odds were as good elsewhere. The Las Vegas-born driver is attempting to become the first driver to complete the IndyCar-NASCAR 1,100-mile double since 2001, and just yesterday crashed during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR14_allstar_14Sprint All-Star Race

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Saturday, May 17
Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway — Charlotte, NC
Race recap: Pulling away from an intense battle with polesitter Carl Edwards to open the final 10-lap segment Saturday night, Jamie McMurray won the Sprint All-Star Race — and get this… the million-dollar-plus prize that goes with the victory. McMurray held off Kevin Harvick, who crossed the finish line just .696 seconds behind. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson. Though  Edwards and  McMurray inched ahead of each other at various junctures after the final restart, McMurray led at the finish line for each of the final 10 laps. Once he cleared Edwards three laps into the run, McMurray pulled away for good. The 31 laps McMurray led Saturday night were the first he had ever led in the All-Star Race.

GetToKnowNewton_250Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin Williams

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Sunday, May 18
Racetrack: Iowa Speedway — Newton, IA
Race recap: Sam Hornish, Jr. dominated the field in the Get to Know Newton 250, leading 167 of the race’s 250 laps at the 7/8-mile track at Iowa Speedway. The rare Sunday Nationwide Series race saw Hornish pull away from his only competition, pole sitter Ryan Blaney, on a lap 229 restart. From there it was smooth driving for the part-time Joe Gibbs Racing driver who previously finished second, third or fourth in his last three starts at Iowa. Blaney, who led 80 laps, finished second, while Regan Smith, who hasn’t finished outside the top 10 all season, took third. NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care

menards200logoSeries: ARCA Racing Series
When: Sunday, May 18
Racetrack: Toledo Speedway — Toledo, OH
Race recap: It was a festival atmosphere at Toledo Speedway on Sunday for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Nashville band Lucy Angel performed a free concert; thousands of fans lined up for autographs; and, the perfect weather in Toledo had fans, race teams and drivers all on the edge of their seats for the 200 lap race. Justin Boston took the lead from Grant Enfinger on lap 181 and held off a charge from pole winner Mason Mitchell to take the checkered flag. It was Venturini Motorsports first win at Toledo since team owner Bill Venturini himself went to victory lane as a driver in 1987.

CV Products Trackside will visit Charlotte Motor Speedway again this weekend when we’re in town to support the Coca-Cola 600 and History 300 NASCAR races. Look for a preview of this weekend’s action to appear here on our blog later this week.

297679Kansas Speedway plays hosts to the CV Products Trackside Program this weekend. Tonight found us supporting NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series’ drivers and their teams as they made their way around Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile tri-oval. The race — the SFP 250 — was marred by one caution after another (nine in all, or about one caution for every 18 laps). See below for a recap.

Next up for CV Trackside at Kansas is Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation — a Tampa, Fla.-based nonprofit that provides college scholarship grants, along with financial aid and educational counseling, to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.

Here’s the complete scoop:

297678SFP 250

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Friday, May 9
Racetrack: Kansas Speedway — Kansas City, KS
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only.
Race-day insight: After racing only twice so far this season, the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule will get hopping over the next couple of weeks. For the first time this season, the series will be in action in back-to-back weekends with the SFP 250 tonight at Kansas Speedway and next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
Race recap and results: Kyle Busch led a race-best 104 laps and easily won tonight’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. The victory, which came by 3.021 seconds over second-place finisher and last year’s race winner Matt Crafton, was the second of the season in a truck for Busch, and his 37th in the series overall. Busch’s former Sprint Cup teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Joey Logano, finished third, while Austin Dillon finished fourth and Tayler Malsam fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Jeb Burton, German Quiroga, Ron Hornaday Jr., Joe Nemechek and Mason Mingus.

5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation

297675Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Saturday, May 10
Racetrack: Kansas Speedway — Kansas City, KS
How to find us: Our trailer will be in the pits but you’ll need a Pitt Pass to get there.
Race-day facts: This past Sunday, Clint Bowyer scored his best finish of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season, a third at Talladega. And on Monday he announced that he and his wife were expecting their first child. That same day, his team owner signed Bowyer to a multi-year contract extension. Now the Emporia, Kansas, native heads back to his home state for a major career milestone — his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Over the first 299, Bowyer has accumulated eight wins, 52 top fives and 140 top 10 finishes. He’s also made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup five times in his eight full-time seasons, including in 2012 when he finished second in championship points.
How to watch from home: FOX Television will broadcast the race starting at 7pm (EDT). If you’re not in front of the television, listen in on Sirus XM Channel 90 or via the Motor Racing Network.

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.