Archives For July 2013

Editor’s Note: This month’s Meet the Team blog post puts the focus fully on our friends and valued partners at Aeroquip, which now operates as a subsidiary of Eaton, the highly respected mobile, industrial, aerospace, automotive, aerospace and military conglomerate. Now known as Eaton-Aeroquip, this race-oriented manufacturing firm — known then as Aeroquip Corp. — was founded in Maumee, Ohio, back in 1940.

Aeroquip_LogoThe reason Eaton-Aeroquip holds such a special place in our hearts is because the company has been aligned with us almost since CV Product’s inception in 1988. In fact, we’ve been distributing the Aeroquip line of high performance auto plumbing products for the last 23 years, making it one of the first product lines CV offered.

What Aeroquip does — and does so well — is develop and manufacture hoses, fittings, adapters, couplings and fluid connectors for use in the high-performance racing market. In addition to being used in NASCAR’s lower divisions (i.e., K&N East and K&N West Series), where these Aeroquip goodies really shine is on the drag strip, the asphalt short track and most dirt racing applications.

Here at CV, Aeroquip’s products fall under the heading of “performance plumbing,” offering American-made performance hose and fittings from a company that is the only one we know of that designs and manufactures its own hose. Engineers at Aeroquip personally test each hose length to ensure a superior level of strength and safety. As a matter of fact, every one of Aeroquip’s hoses are Continue reading

Kissing the bricks at the Brickyard. (c)Getty Images, Used by Permission from NASCAR.

A pair of NASCAR races and a GRAND-AM will be held at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, with an ARCA race in New Jersey rounding out the activities for race enthusiasts in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic regions. And you can bet your bottom brake caliper that we here at CV Products will be participating at each venue. We’ll be alongside our huge semi-trailers in the pits, bringing racers everything they need for their machines and plenty of gear and accessories for fans lucky enough to have a pit pass clutched in their hands.

If Green Bay, Wisconsin, is hallowed ground for football, then Speedway, Indiana, is the same for auto racing. The Indianapolis 500 and this weekend’s Brickyard 400 both have a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises the number 400,000. By far, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in the world.

Here’s where to find us this Thursday through Sunday:

Brickyard 400

This is the 20th running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis, featuring a display of racing skills that continues for 400 consecutive miles over the 2.5-mile track. Of the previous 19 races here, series champs won an impressive 15. Jimmie Johnson — who last won in 2009 — and Jeff Gordon have each won four times at Indianapolis. A fifth victory would match the record held by Michael Schumacher.

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup
  • When: Sunday, July 28
  • Racetrack: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Television: 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

Indiana 250

NASCAR Nationwide Series leader Sam Hornish Jr. heads into Indianapolis seven points ahead of Regan Smith. A former Indy 500 winner (2006 for Team Penske), Hornish was second best to Brad Keselowski at Indianapolis last year. Meanwhile, Austin Dillon comes to the table with an eye on the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. He will be pitted against fan favorites Hornish, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers for the bonus.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, July 27
  • Racetrack: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Television:  4 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

Brickyard Grand Prix

While Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race is always the thing, fans arriving as early as Thursday will find plenty of on- and off-track activities to keep themselves occupied. On Friday, visitors to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be treated to the Brickyard Grand Prix – a race featuring 16 Daytona Prototypes, 16 Grand Touring cars, and three GX rides squaring off against one another in a 3-hour GRAND-AM Rolex series race. In the meantime, the Continue reading

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers enjoy their final break this weekend — the last until the season ends Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But there’ll be no sunscreen and hammocks for these teams as they prepare for one of the summer’s signature races – the July 28 Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Meanwhile, there’s no rest for the weary – and that includes our team here at CV Products who make our Trackside Program run like clockwork. We’ll be in active attendance at NASCAR’s other two race series (Nationwide and Camping World Trucking), along with ARCA and the Pro All Stars. Look for our semi-trailers at all four of these races where we’ll be supporting the teams and anyone else lucky enough to secure a pit pass.

Here’s a complete breakdown of where we’ll be starting this Friday through next Wednesday:

11_stp_300_c_thumbSTP 300

Fresh off of a win in the Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire last weekend, look for Brian Vickers to possibly break through and visit Victory Lane for the first time this season in the Nationwide Series. Vickers has made four series starts at Chicago, posting three top fives and an average finish of 10.3. Meanwhile, Joey Logano will be the only full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver participating this weekend. He sat on the pole for this event last season. In total he has made four starts at Chicago posting one win (2009), two top fives and three top 10s. Without a doubt, expect Logano to contend this weekend; his pre-race Driver Rating is 119.2 – third-best in the series. Finally, nothing bodes for better action than a little controversy among the contenders. Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler have some unfinished business heading into Chicagoland following some tough racing last weekend. Keep your eyes peeled starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Sunday, July 21
  • Racetrack: Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Illinois
  • Watch the Race on TV: ESPN, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

ansellactivarmr150clsAnsell ActivArmr 150

After a couple of weekends off, the ARCA Racing Series is back on the track this weekend with the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The Ansell ActivArmr 150 – which marks the halfway point of the 2013 ARCA Racing Series schedule – starts at 5 p.m. Central Time, following the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300. Pole qualifying begins at noon. In addition to the live television broadcast (SPEED), will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activity.

  • Series: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
  • When: Sunday, July 21
  • Racetrack: Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Illinois
  • Watch the Race on TV: SPEED, 5 p.m. (CT)
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

40th Annual TD Bank 250

CV_Trackside_Maine_Oxford_PlainsThe Pro All Stars Series – which is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models – makes its annual hike up the Appalachian Trail this weekend for a stopover at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Originally constructed as a half-mile track, Oxford Plains today boasts a 3/8-mile track that produces nothing short of spectacular, action-packed races. Ever since the first TD Bank 250 was held at Oxford Plains in 1974, it has attracted not only the best short track racers from New England, but Continue reading

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is where you’ll find the CV Products Trackside Program and two of the three NASCAR events this weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series scheduled Saturday at the Iowa Speedway. Doesn’t much matter to us because we’ll have our Trackside trailers at all three events — plus a pair of Schaeffer’s Southern National Series events in Virginia and Tennessee next Monday and Tuesday.

If you’re among the lucky few to be graced with pit passes at these venues, be sure to highlight your visit by dropping in on our rolling “sales booths” and pick up some race gear, mementos or apparel. Here’s exactly where to find us:

theprofit200thumbCNBC Prime’s “The Profit” 200

“The Profit” — a new television reality show debuting July 30 on CNBC — is title sponsor of this race. The series stars Marcus Lemonis, who runs Camping World. His skills at turning around more than 100 companies, according to CNBC, prompted the new show, where each episode finds this entrepreneur rescuing businesses for a percentage and a piece of the company he saves. As for the Nationwide Series race, we find Kyle Busch again looking for his own piece of the prize, having won three of the past four races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Regan Smith remains the leader in series point standings, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, July 13
  • Racetrack/Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, NH
  • Watch the race on television: 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC (coverage begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Listen to the race on the radio: Sirius XM Ch. 90
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes
  • For More Info: visit the Nationwide Series’ The Profit 200 webpage

americanethanol200thumbAmerican Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen

This trucker event pits 36 NASCAR drivers in a 200-lap, 175-mile competition for those all-important championship points and big prize money. All eyes will be on Matt Crafton, who currently holds the lead in the series with 319 points, followed by Jeb Burton with 297 points, Ty Dillon with 279 points, James Buescher with 275 points and Johnny Sauter with 272 points. Bring the kids, because there’s a driver autograph session starting at 2:30 p.m., followed by a pair of qualifying laps at 5 p.m. The flag drops at 7:30 p.m.

  • Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • When: Saturday, July 13
  • Racetrack: Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa
  • Watch the race on television: 8 p.m. Eastern Time on the SPEED channel
  • Listen to the race on the radio: Sirius XM Ch. 90
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes
  • For More Info: see the Camping World Truck Series website

campingworldrvsalesthumbCamping World RV Sales 301

Despite the name, this NASCAR race should not to be confused with the above-mentioned Camping World Truck Series, although you can be forgiven if you’re shaking your head to clear the misconception. Nope, this is a NASCAR Sprint Car race with nary a truck in sight, except our Trackside program truck located in the pits. With that settled, you should know that Kasey Kahne won here last year, Ryan Newman took first in 2011 and Jimmy Johnson won back in 2010. Pre-race festivities Sunday include a Toyota Wheel and Deal Pre-Race Show, with more than Continue reading

NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash4Cash drivers Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler & Brian Vickers stand with Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood to paint their respective numbers on the field at Daytona (photo credit: Credit: Mike Meadows/ISC).

Two NASCAR events, along with an American La Mans competition and an ARCA race, are on our dance card for the long Fourth of July weekend and beyond, with CV Product semi-trailers on hand in Florida, Connecticut and Wisconsin.

And as is always the case, we’ll be on-hand, stocked to the bulkheads with race gear, equipment and clothing for those participating in the races and anyone else lucky enough to secure a Pit Pass.

Here’s our agenda for the holiday weekend:

Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola

This Saturday’s event isn’t your February Daytona 500 race, what with high temps expected to test both drivers and their cars — not to mention 100 fewer miles. Tony “Smoke” Stewart, defending winner of the Coke Zero 400, has had four July victories in eight seasons. Stewart attained a Top 10 spot in the Sprint Cup point standings as recently as a week ago before sliding back into the pack. But he could become an “automatic qualifier” for The Chase if he wins this weekend. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson, who won the winter Daytona 500 and has a quintet of NASCAR Spring Cup championships under his belt, hasn’t won at Daytona in the summertime.

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Saturday, July 6
  • Racetrack: Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Florida
  • Watch the race on television: Broadcast starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
  • For More Info: check out the Daytona Speedway website

Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola  

subwayfirecracker250thumbKurt Busch, who was last year’s race winner, will be on hand to defend his title, with a little pressure in that effort from the likes of Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. And four other drivers will be competing for an additional $100,000 come Friday as part of the first leg in the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash program. Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers each qualified for the Dash by way of their finishes at Kentucky.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Friday, July 5
  • Racetrack: Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Florida
  • Watch the race on television: Broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
  • For More Info: please visit the Daytona Speedway website

2013 Northeast Grand Prix

Lime Rock in Lakeville, Connecticut, is the fourth stop in the 10-race La Mans season, where co-champs Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr will Continue reading

We think it is indeed fitting that “Veterans Track Day at the Beach” is scheduled Wednesday at the newly renovated Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina — just one day before the Fourth of July. And we here at CV Products will be on hand all day to support the Wounded Warrior Project in an event that offers these injured vets the experience of a lifetime.

Jake Engle and the #2 Ford Fusion

Jake Engle and the #2 Ford Fusion

What’s going to happen on Wednesday — thanks to Mooresville, NC’s own Jake Engle, a professional NASCAR driver in the Whelen All American Series — is that about 75 of these wounded warriors will have the opportunity to get down and dirty in a VIP zip around Myrtle Beach Speedway’s .563-mile racetrack. They’ll be passengers in a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and NASCAR trucks.

And while they’re waiting for their clip around the short track, they can watch Engle test his Late Model, offering them a close-up on-the-concrete look at what happens on race day. That’ll be him behind the wheel of the #2 Ford Fusion.

“We’ll have about 75 wounded warriors at the track,” Engle told Andy Marquis of “We’re renting the track and we’ll be having a good time out there. We’re letting them experience what we do at the track during the day.”

During this time, Wounded Warrior Project participants will meet Jake and his team, get a close up look at his car, explore the pits, ask questions, hang out and have fun with other military alumni and their families. Chick-fil-A, one of the supporters of the program along with CV Products, will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m.

These vets will receive access passes to see Continue reading