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.

As the racing season starts to wind down, the Trackside Crew here at CV Products takes to the road, splitting time between the Beast of the Southeast — Charlotte Motor Speedway — and the history-laden Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana.

Here’s what you need to know, along with to find us or watch all of the racing action from home:

2014-Race-for-the-cure-300Drive for the Cure 300

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Friday, October 10
Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway — Charlotte, NC
How this one played out: While Chase Elliott inched closer to becoming the first Rookie of the Year candidate to lay claim to the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, it was Brad Keselowski who stole the show earlier this evening by tracking down his teammate, Ryan Blaney, to win the 2014 installment of the Drive for the Cure 300. Elliott, who finished a respectable eighth, now commands a 42 point lead in the Nationwide Series championship points standings, while Keselowski — who isn’t eligible for points — notched his fourth Nationwide Series win of the year and the 31st such win since he started racing in the series in 2006.

2014-Bank-of-America-500Bank of America 500

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Saturday, October 11
Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway — Charlotte, NC
How to watch the race from home: 7pm ET on ABC (racing starts at 7:30pm)
What you need to know: Jimmie Johnson holds the all-time wins record at Charlotte Motor Speedway with seven victories, and can qualify for the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with another win at the 1.5-mile Beast of the Southeast. But that doesn’t assure Johnson of a victory. Look for Sprint Cup series points leader Joey Logano to fair well. That’s because in 11 Charlotte starts, he has claimed three top-five and six top-10 finishes! And then of course there’s Brad Keselowski, who earlier this evening won the Nationwide series race, and who last year took the checkered flag in this very same race.
How to find us: Our Trackside crew will be in the pits (a pit pass is required for entry).

43rd Annual Winchester 400

Series: ARCA CRA Super Series
When: Saturday, October 11 — Sunday, October 12
Racetrack: Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Indiana
How to stay on top of the racing from home: Visit Speed51.com for live racing info
What you need to know: Watch for last year’s winner, 18-year-old Cody Coughlin, to repeat again this year. That’s because Coughlin, who just wrapped up a successful rookie season on the ARCA Racing Series, dominated this race last year, leading all 100 laps. The year before that, as a 16-year-old, he finished 7th. West Virginia University Engineering student Travis Braden is looking to claim his second straight CRA Super Series championship on Sunday. He comes into Sunday’s race with a 25-point lead over second place Ross Kenseth. If neither driver earns points on Saturday, then Braden needs to finish 13th or better and he will repeat as Champion.
How to find us: The good folks on the CV Products Trackside team will be in the pits (you must have a pit pass to gain entry).

CV Products Motorcycle GiveawayThe NASCAR Foundation has quite a track record — absolutely no pun intended — when it comes to raising funds to support nonprofit charities and causes, especially those that affect the ability for children to learn how to win, both inside and outside of the classroom.

This year, we here at CV Products have partnered with The NASCAR Foundation because we’re just as dedicated to helping kids across the country. To support The NASCAR Foundation’s efforts, we are offering a 2014 custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle as the grand prize in a drawing to be held in mid-May.

Why are we getting into the act? Because we’re mightily impressed with The NASCAR Foundation’s mission of helping children learn how to win.

The organization embodies the compassion of the NASCAR industry, and since 2006 has committed nearly $18 million dollars to initiatives that inspire children around the country to live, learn and play.

Evidence of The Foundation’s impact can be found on the smiles of thousands of children attending schools that now have Continue reading

This weekend sees the CV Products Trackside crew split between three states with deep roots in stock car racing — Kansas, Georgia and Virginia. Kansas alone has us supporting three different races, while we’re equally pumped to be able to help out the drivers and teams competing in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, and the MDCU 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

Here’s the full rundown of where to find us and how to follow all the racing action from home:

Petit Le Mans — Powered by Mazda

petit-le-mans-road-atlantaSeries: Tudor United SportsCar Championship
When: Thurs., Oct. 2 – Sat., Oct. 4
How to watch from home: Visit www.imsa.com at 11am ET on Oct. 3; FOX Sports 2 at 3pm ET on Oct. 4; and FOX at 8am ET on Oct. 5
Racetrack: Road Atlanta — Braselton, Ga.

What you need to know: The Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda (that’s French for little Le Mans) is one of the world’s leading sports car endurance races, and is held annually at Road Atlanta. It uses the rules established for the 24 hours of Le Mans by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which are slightly modified if necessary, mainly to allow additional cars to compete. This year it all comes down to a ten-hour showdown. The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup season finale will be one of the most exciting weekends in sports car endurance racing history. Over 50 entries in four different classes of competition will take the green flag on Saturday, Oct. 4, for a ten-hour battle into the night.

ARCA’s 98.9 Race

ARCA989Series: ARCA Racing Series
When: Fri., Oct. 3
How to watch from home: 8:30pm ET on FOX Sports 2
Racetrack: Kansas Speedway — Kansas City, Kan.

What you need to know: The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is closing its 2014 season at Kansas Speedway this week and crowning a new champion. Mason Mitchell holds a 200-point lead entering the ARCA 98.9. If he takes the green flag to start the race, Mitchell will most likely clinch the series title and, at 20-years-old, become the third-youngest series champion in the 62-year history of ARCA. Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon were 19 when they clinched their titles. Friday will mark the third consecutive season that ARCA has closed out its campaign by crowning a champion at Kansas. Frank Kimmel won the race and the secured his title last season. Chris Buescher won the 2012 series title and finished eighth in the race.

Kansas Lottery 300

kansas_lottery_300Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Sat., Oct. 4
How to watch from home: 3:30pm ET on ESPN2
Racetrack: Kansas Speedway — Kansas City, Kan.

What you need to know: Two notable drivers who will attempt to compete this weekend are Jennifer Jo Cobb and Milka Duno. This will be Cobb’s season debut in the series; she has made five previous NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at Kansas posting a best finish of 22nd in 2012. Duno returns to the NNS for her third attempt at making her career series debut. Time is running out for Regan Smith to Continue reading

Chicagoland and Charlotte are just two of the stops this weekend for the CV Products Trackside program. In addition to those venues, you can find us in the pits this Saturday and Sunday at Salem Speedway (Salem, Illinois) and Gresham Motorsports Park (Jefferson, Georgia). It’s just your average weekend for the hardest working trackside crew in professional and semi-pro auto and NHRA racing.

Here’s where to find us:

Lucas Oil 225

lucasoil225atclsSeries: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Saturday, September 13
Racetrack: Chicagoland Speedway — Joliet, Illinois
How to watch from home: 
What you need to know: Rain hit the Joliet area earlier in the day today washing out qualifying and forcing tonight’s Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to move to Saturday evening at 7pm EST. Johnny Sauter has made the upper echelon of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings his home this season. He currently leads the driver points standings over ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton (-7) and remains the only driver to appear in the top five all season. Trailing Sauter and Crafton in the standings are Ryan Blaney (-13), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-38) and German Quiroga (-48). Don’t plan on Sauter falling from his perch atop the standings anytime soon. That’s because he has a combined average finish of 9.2 at the remaining eight tracks, and if he can hold on to the No. 1 spot, he will clinch his first NCWTS title. His previous high championship finishes were a runner-up showing in 2011 and a third-place performance in 2010. Last season, he finished fourth after posting a career-high three wins.

Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals

NHRA_pepboys_NC_NationalsSeries: NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule
When: Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14
Racetrack: zMAX Dragway — Charlotte, North Carolina
How to watch from home: 8:30pm EST on ESPN2
What you need to know: As competitive as every race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit is, the start of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship creates a palpable increase in intensity. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the NHRA Carolina Nationals. It’s also the kickoff event of the six-race Countdown to the Championship, as the top 10 in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle compete to win world championships in their respective categories.

Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300

freakyfast300_on_light copySeries: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, September 13
Racetrack: Chicagoland Speedway — Joliet, Illinois
How to watch from home: ESPN2 @ 3:30pm EST
What you need to know: For the first time, car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. might be facing a problem most NASCAR Nationwide Series car owners would love to have — his two cars are fighting it out for the Nationwide Series title in the final races of the season. But Earnhardt surely knows that his biggest task will be keep his organization from becoming a house divided, because only one of his drivers can bring home the title. But which one? Regan Smith, second in the series standings, has eight races left in the season to catch his teammate Chase Elliott who is a comfortable 19 points ahead in the standings lead. Smith’s consistency has brought him to this point in the season, but out placing Elliott will be crucial in these final eight races if Smith wants the title. Unfortunately for Smith, Elliott’s stronghold on the point standings has been Continue reading

watkins_glen_c_thumbIt’s a busy weekend for the CV Products Trackside Program. We’re at four different racetracks in four different states providing trackside support at 11 different races between now and Sunday evening.

Going into tonight’s NASCAR K&N East race at Watkins Glen — the Bully Hill Vineyard 125 — much of the talk was focused on how the driver of the No. 96 car, Kenzie Ruston, would perform after her second-place finish at Iowa Speedway. Ruston, a member of the NASCAR Next class, has three top-five and six top-10 finishes in 12 races and was sitting in sixth position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings going into tonight’s race. Her finish at Iowa, by the way, was the highest for a female driver in K&N Pro Series history!

Want to know how Kenzie Ruston fared? Check out the write-up below, along with all the other information we’re providing about this weekend’s CV Products Trackside stops.

BullyHillVineyards200Bully Hill Vineyards 125

Series: NASCAR K&N East
When: Friday, August 8
Racetrack: Watkins Glen International — Watkins Glen, NY
How this one played out: In its first race at Watkins Glen in four years, the NASCAR K&N East gave race fans a lot to cheer about. And Kenzie Ruston didn’t disappoint. While she didn’t win tonight’s Bully Hill Vineyards 125, she did gather up another top 10 finish by coming in ninth. Second-year driver Scott Heckert was able to get past leader Andrew Ranger and second-place Cole Custer on restart of a green-white-checkered attempt to score his first career victory in the action-packed Bully Hill Vineyards 125 on Friday. After a late race caution was given to the field on Lap 50 for contact between Daniel Suarez and several cars, Ranger led Custer on the final restart at the line. The two battled side by side until Heckert found an opportunity to make his move and get by both drivers just before the white flag. Custer made one last attempt to pass Heckert for the lead, but he lost control and hit the sand barrels at the end of pit road to bring out the final caution of the race. For Heckert, it was his first win in 27 career K&N Pro Series East starts.

Continental Tire Road Race Showcase_logoContinental Tire Road Race Showcase

Series: Tudor United SportsCar Series
When: Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10
Racetrack: Road America — Elkhart Lake, WI
How to watch from home: 5:20pm EST on Saturday on IMSA.com, and 6:30pm EST on Sunday on FOX Sports 1
What you need to know: The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase takes over Road America’s 4-mile circuit for what will undoubtedly be one of the most incredible weekends of sports car racing this season. Fans will get to see the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race on Saturday, with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event on Sunday, plus races from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, IMSA Prototype Lites and the Mazda MX-5 Cup all weekend.

zippo200_thumbZippo 200 at the Glen

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, August 9
Racetrack: Watkins Glen International — Watkins Glen, NY
How to watch from home: ABC at 2pm EST, or Sirius XM Ch. 90
What to watch for: Joe Nemechek will attempt to make his 1,100th NASCAR national series start this weekend. Nemechek is third on the all-time NASCAR national series starts list behind Richard Petty (1,182) and Mark Martin (1,142).

Berlin-Raceway-Logo_000Federated Auto Parts 200

Series: ARCA Racing Series
When: Saturday, August 9
Racetrack: Berlin Raceway — Marne, MI
How to watch from home: ARCARacing.com
What to watch for: Justin Boston is in the hunt for his second career ARCA Racing Series victory. Boston has started all 13 races in the ARCA Series this season and has moved into the fifth spot in the driver championship point standings. He has five top-five finishes and seven top-ten finishes, plus two Menards pole awards.

2014 World Crown 300_Logo2014 World Crown 300

Series: Southern Super Series
When: Saturday, August 9
Racetrack: Gresham Motorsports Park — Jefferson, GA
How to watch from home:
What you need to know: The 2014 World Crown 300 get underway on Wednesday, with the opening of Gresham’s campground area. Thursday saw the first on-track action with an optional test for all Super Late Models, Outlaw Late Models and Pro Trucks. A second optional test was held earlier this evening. Pole position qualifying starts at 5:30pm Saturday, with the first race of this year’s World Crown 300 rolling off at 7pm.

cheezit355thumbCheez-IT 355 at the Glen

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, August 10
Racetrack: Watkins Glen International — Watkins Glen, NY
How to watch from home: ESPN at 1pm EST, or Sirius XM Ch. 90
What to watch for: Nelson Piquet Jr., son of former Formula 1 champ Nelson Piquet, will be making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Watkins Glen driving the No. 77 Ford for car owner Randy Humphrey. Piquet has three NASCAR national series wins in his career, including in a NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 at a race at Road America.