Archives For August 2013


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We’ve got a half-dozen races we’ll be supporting for this long holiday weekend — with a few of them stretching into the first two days of September. Included among these action-bursting Labor Day extravaganzas are a Le Mans series, two NASCAR races, a Pro All-Stars event and an ARCA Racing series.

And if you happen to be among those lucky souls upon whom fate has bestowed pit passes, come visit our humongous CV Products tractor-trailers filled to their 53-foot-long lengths with racing equipment, shop gear and race-related tools. Help us usher out the summer season and welcome the fall. See you at the track.

Grand Prix of Baltimore

This third annual Grand Prix of Baltimore is one of only two events in the United States to feature the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in the same weekend. The IZOD IndyCar Series runs 75 laps around downtown Baltimore’s 12-turn, two-mile street course. In the ALMS race, the team completing the most laps in two hours and 45 minutes wins. In addition to the racing action, this event offers visitors food, beverages and live musical entertainment.

  • Series: American Le Mans Series
  • When: Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31
  • Racetrack: Baltimore Street Circuit – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits (pass required for access to the pit area)
  • For More Info: Visit the Grand Prix of Baltimore website or American Le Man Series website

greatclipsgritchipsthumbGreat Clips – Grit Chips 300

This is the 24th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule, with Kevin Harvick and Joe Nemechek being the only drivers entered who have previously won at this track (in 2009 and 2001, respectively). Four Nationwide races at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been won from the pole, which is more than any other starting position there. The next Nationwide race is the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 6. Kevin Harvick won last year’s race there.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Sat., Aug. 31
  • Racetrack: Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, Georgia
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits – pit pass is required for entry
  • For More Info: See NASCAR’s Nationwide Series website

South_boston_speedway_logoPASS Super Late Model 150

It’s Carload Night at South Boston Speedway’s four-tenths-mile asphalt oval Saturday for $20, with the first of six races getting underway at 7 p.m. (ET). The co-featured attractions include twin 75-lap races for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division and an event for the touring PASS Super Late Models. Also scheduled are the Limited Sportsman Division and a pair of races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. Lee Pulliam, the winner of 14 events at South Boston Speedway this season and 22 overall triumphs, will once again be looking to fend off bounty hunters Saturday night when the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division competitors battle it out in a pair of races. A $2,500 bounty is being offered by the track to any driver who can win over Pulliam while his car is still included in field that finishes the race!

Champion_Racing_Association_logoWorld Stock Car Festival

There will be special bonus programs and increased winner’s checks for two divisions during Sunday and Monday’s “World Stock Car Festival” at the half-mile Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Ind. The top three finishers in each division that haven’t raced in a CRA event this year will receive bonuses of $100, $50, and $30. Those divisions include the Top Speed Fabrication CRA Late Model Sportsman as well as the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks. The Labor Day weekend event also features three full days of camping, parties and music, culminating Monday afternoon with features from the ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Models, Top Speed Modifieds, Top Speed Fabrication CRA Late Model Sportsman and Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks.

advocare500_11thumbAdvoCare 500

Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 officially ushers out the summer and has, in recent years, solidified the lineup for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Three Chase spots have already been claimed, leaving nine positions to be determined, either here or next week at Richmond International Raceway. Reigning champion Brad Keselowski enters this next-to-final race ranked 11th – four points out of the top 10. Kurt Busch, the 2004 titleholder, stands 12th and four-time champion Jeff Gordon is 13th. None of the three has won in 2013. A victory certainly would push each into the top 10 – and also provide potential Chase Wild Card access, available to the two highest-ranked drivers 11th through 20th in points.

DuQuoin_State-Fair_LogoSouthern Illinois 100

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will feature some serious fairgrounds dirt track racing on Labor Day. This 60th race — presented by Federated Car Care — coincides with the 91st annual DuQuoin State Fair.

  • Series: ARCA Racing Series
  • When: Mon., Sept. 2
  • Racetrack: DuQuion State Fairgrounds – DuQuion, Illinois
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes
  • For More Info: Visit the ARCA Racing Series website
Trackside at Kansas Speedway

Trackside at Kansas Speedway

This weekend features tons of great racing. From a 200-mile race at Mid-Ohio, a 400-miler at Michigan International Speedway, and 150-lapper at South Boston Speedway, to a Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway and a 100-mile race at the Illinois State Fairground, this weekend’s slate of races promises solid action on a variety of tracks and locations.

Like our unofficial slogan says, at CV Products, we’re here when you need us (online 24/7/365 at and there when you want us (at the six races listed below, including the SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway, which is pictured above and to the right):

Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

nationwidechildrens200thumbWhat to watch for: With half-a-dozen races remaining before a new NASCAR Nationwide Series champion is crowned, predicting the outcome is becoming harder with every passing weekend. After last Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen in upstate New York, only 74 points separate the top-10 drivers in the standings – a difference that the 10th-place driver (Parker Kligerman) could plausibly make up in only two races. The outcome of this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio should make everything in the points standings as clear as mud!

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, August 17
  • Racetrack: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH
  • Watch the race on TV: 2 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

Pure Michigan 400

PM_MIS_logo_v3CWhat to watch for: Last Sunday, Carl Edwards scored a fourth-place finish – his 99th career top-five finish. His next top-five finish will make him the 37th driver to reach 100 top fives and tie him with Geoff Bodine on the all-time list. More important, Edwards has nine top-five finishes in 18 starts at Michigan!

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Sunday, August 18
  • Racetrack: Michigan International Speedway – Brooklyn, MI
  • Watch the race on TV: 12 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

PASS Super Late Model 150

NASCAR-Whelen-LogoWhat to watch for: The Pro All Stars Series returns to South Boston Speedway this Saturday for what appears to be another great day and night of practice sessions, qualifying and all out pedal to the metal racing. In particular, South Boston Speedway track general manager Cathy Rice is offering a $2,000 bounty to any driver who can score a victory over three-time track winner and defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam. Practice sessions for PASS Super Late Model, Legends and NASCAR Late Model drivers runs from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. (ET), followed by time trials at 4:30 p.m., and a trackside fan appreciation event from 5:45 p.m. to 6 :45 p.m. The Green Flags start to drop at 7 p.m. with a 25-lap Legends race, a 75-lap NASCAR Late Model race, a 150-lap PASS Super Late Model race, and then another 75-lap NASCAR Late Model race.

  • Series: PASS Racing Series
  • When: Saturday, August 17
  • Racetrack: South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA
  • Listen to the race live: Online via 953hlf.comstarting at 7 p.m. (ET)
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway


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What to watch for: This weekend’s SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway features 14 Daytona Prototype cars, 10 Grand Touring cars, and three GX vehicles. Catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 (see dates and times below).

  • Series: GRAND-AM
  • When: August 16-17
  • Racetrack: Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
  • Watch the race on TV: Aug. 17 @ 8 p.m. (ET) on Continue reading

If we were to guess, the last thing you’d expect us to share here on the CV Products Blog is that we’ll be exhibiting at this week’s North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference, scheduled for Thursday at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. — just a half-hour’s drive northwest of CV headquarters in Thomasville.

NCASC_1_000But it’s true. We’ll be there all day, showcasing Xceldyne’s and Advanced Motorsports Coating’s (AMC) capabilities specifically for the aerospace industry. (And you probably thought we were just a motorsports company!) In particular, our sales manager Kevin Foster will be doing the heavy lifting in our booth, chatting up aerospace industry representatives in attendance at this one-day conference.

The goal of the conference is to promote and grow North Carolina’s aerospace industry by bringing together North Carolina users, purchasers, manufacturers and suppliers through education, networking and growth opportunities. In addition, the conference is intended to offer a platform for participants to share “best practices” in order to provide job growth, financial stability, and a stronger aerospace industry in the state.

And make no mistake about it. Aerospace is a big deal in our home state. In fact, North Carolina got in on the ground floor, so to speak, with the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk back in 1903. And here are some other interesting facts that tie the Tar Heel State to the aerospace industry:

  • More than 180 aerospace companies are engaged in manufacturing in North Carolina, employing more than 9,500 people.
  • The economic impact of the military presence in North Carolina in 2013 is projected to be nearly Continue reading

Every business has a leader, and here at CV Products we’re pleased to share that after a national search, Stephen L. Lineberger has been chosen to be our next President & CEO. He succeeds Jim Zoretich who has moved on to lead the good folks over at Performance Motorsports Inc. in Mentor, Ohio.

Steve-Lineberger, CV Products' President & CEO

Steve-Lineberger, CV Products’ President & CEO

Entering our 25th year in business is no small feat, and having someone with Steve’s experience and background in business, to help position and lead us for the next bunch of years, is truly a blessing.

Steve brings more than 30 years of executive-level management experience to CV Products, with tons of leadership in sales, marketing, branding and product design. He has led companies in lots of different industries and of various scopes and sizes. From leading early-stage start-ups to running highly recognizable companies, Steve’s unique perspective on the domestic and global markets are sure to come in handy as we plan for the next 25 years of being here when you needs us and there when you want us!

More than a businessman, Steve – who received his bachelor’s degree from Newberry College in South Carolina and his MBA from Continue reading

When the racing is as good as it’s expected to be this weekend in upstate New York and points throughout the Southeast and Mid-West, there’s only thing to do… load up your Trackside Program tractor-trailers and hit the road. ‘Here when you need us (at and there when you want us,’ takes on a whole new meaning over the next bunch of days when we’ll be supporting race teams and drivers at seven different events.

Here’s where to find CV Products now through Monday, Aug. 11:

CHEEZ-IT 355 at the Glen

cheezit355thumbWhat to watch for: Could this weekend be the one where Jeff Gordon breaks through and wins his first race of the season and his 87th since joining the Cup series in 1994? If history’s any indication, Gordon – who ranked 21st in the Sprint Cup standings just a few months ago, and advanced to ninth place with his runner-up finish last weekend at Pocono Raceway – could very well be celebrating at the end of the day. That’s because he’s the Cup’s most successful road course driver, having won nine times overall, four of them coming on Watkins Glen International’s seven-turn, 2.45-mile course.

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Sunday, August 11
  • Racetrack: Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY
  • Watch the race on television: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)
  • Find us: In the pit area (note: Pit Pass required for access)


zippo200_thumbWhat to watch for: Look for Sam Hornish Jr. (currently tied for second in the Nationwide Series points standings) to separate some from Regan Smith. That’s because Smith – who has accumulated the least number of points of anyone in the Series’ Top 10 standings over the last seven races, doesn’t have anywhere near the experience and success on road courses that Hornish has. According to NASCAR, in the six trips to road courses with the Nationwide Series, Hornish has finished in the top five in the most recent four races. That’s likely because of his time spent on the road while racing in the Sprint Cup Series and IndyCar Series. A win this weekend at Watkins Glen would only further highlight Hornish’s 11 career road-course starts, including a 2nd place finish in 2007 in the IndyCar Series race.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, August 10
  • Racetrack: Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY
  • Watch this race on TV: 2 p.m. (ET) on ABC
  • Find us on site: In the pit are where only a pit pass gets you in

31st Annual Sunoco North/South 100

northsouthlogowebWhat to watch for: Anticipation is brewing for what many people recognize as the dirt racing world’s Super Bowl and World Series all rolled into one. This mega three-day event – where late model racing fans get to enjoy camping, parties, autograph sessions with drivers, and a midway full of food and apparel vendors – also includes the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The series makes its way to Florence Speedway with a tight battle atop the series championship point standings. Two-time and reigning series champion Jimmy Owens has a 20-point lead over Continue reading

poconologothumb13The Associated Press perceived a lot of whining about extended periods of boredom at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers grousing over their inability to pass other cars during the Brickyard 400 and raising the silly notion of putting in a second banked lane.

But there’s little chance of a snooze fest this weekend, with two NASCAR races and an ARCA event scheduled at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., a venue that offers plenty of passing opportunities for impatient drivers. The Trackside crews from CV Products will be on hand at these three races — and three more — this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, offering trailer loads of race equipment for drivers and others who hold coveted pit passes.

Here’s what the racing card holds for this weekend: 400

gobowlingthumbJimmy Johnson is a 3-to-1 favorite for this event — most likely because he’s already won three Pocono races in his career, and a sweep this year at the 2.5-mile track would come as no surprise. After all, he swept the season at Pocono back in 2004. Then add in this factoid: Johnson also had the best car at Indianapolis last weekend, leading 73 of 160 laps.

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Sunday, Aug. 4
  • Racetrack: Pocono Raceway
  • Location: Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • Watch the race on TV: 1 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes

5th Annual U.S. Cellular 250

uscellular250thumbIn the light of the fact that Brad Keselowski’s will be racing at Iowa Speedway this weekend, the Speedway is contributing $8,000 to the reining NASCAR champion’s Checkered Flag Foundation. Joining Keselowski as a somewhat infrequent driver in a Nationwide Series race will be Richard Harriman, who competed in four Nationwide Series races in 2009, along with Brett Butler, Danny Efland and J.J. Yeley.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, Aug. 3
  • Racetrack: Iowa Speedway
  • Watch the race on TV: 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2
  • Location: Newton, Iowa
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes

Pocono Mountains 125

poconomtns150thumbFans of the truck series will have the opportunity to meet their favorite Camping World Trucking Series drivers at an autograph session scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on Friday behind Turn 3 at the Tricky Triangle. And if you can’t make the trip to the track, the race will be broadcast live starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday on SPEED. The race can also be heard live on Continue reading