Archives For October 2013

martinsville speedwayTwo NASCAR events fill the racing world’s dance card this weekend — both at Martinsville Speedway in southern Virginia and both offering plenty of late-October action. And speaking of action, CV Products will be in the pits for both Saturday and Sunday’s races at Martinsville, offering our usual truckloads of racing equipment, parts and apparel for drivers and teams alike.

Note: In addition to the events listed below, we’ll also be in Memphis, Tenn., for this weekend’s CRA All-Stars 125, and the ARCA/CRA Super Series 125. For more info, visit the Memphis International Speedway’s website.

Kroger 200

kroger200thumbThe 200-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets underway at 1:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, with FOX Sports 1 coverage beginning at 1 p.m., as well as radio coverage on MRN and Sirius XM Channel 90. Johnny Sauter’s win last week at Talladega Superspeedway puts him in good position, and his three wins this season top the field of drivers with eligible points. He’s been in the Top 10 finishers in five out of the last six races and ranks sixth in points. Of course, it doesn’t hurt a bit that Kyle Busch — the series leader — won’t be in this race. Those who will be showing up include three drivers making their first career truck start at the Virginia track. Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek will attempt to make their series debuts in the Kroger 200, while Ben Kennedy making his fourth series start. Kennedy’s debut in the trucks was in August at Bristol and he has a season-best finish of 15th in Iowa in September.

  • Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 26
  • Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway
  • Location: Martinsville, Virginia
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 presented by Kroger

goodys500thumbWith eight victories under his belt at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson is truly a rock star at the track some refer to as the “paperclip.” He leads the pack in driver rating (123.8), average finish (5.3) and has finished on the lead lap 22 times in a row. And now this five-time series champion is in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader. Johnson won the event in his first three championship seasons, and to date, every Chase era champion has finished among the top 10 in Martinsville’s second event. The flag goes down on this 500-lap event at 1:30 p.m. (ET), with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. on ESPN, MRN radio and Sirius XM Ch. 90.

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 27
  • Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway
  • Location: Martinsville, Virginia
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only


It’s looking to be a hectic weekend for racecar drivers, their fans and those of us here at CV Products who travel around to racetracks on a weekly basis. We’ve got a pair of NASCAR races out of Talladega and another NASCAR event in Georgia, an American Lemans Series — also in Georgia — along with the Pro All Stars Series in North Carolina, and the season finale of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in Ohio. Look for our enormous — and spiffy — 18-wheelers in the pits at all these events. We’ve got gear for every type of race team possible!

Here are the particulars:

Orange Blossom Special 500

A carload of race fans can get into the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event at the Orange County Speedway for twenty bucks on Saturday to enjoy watching 150 laps of super late model action. Cram more than four adults in the car and the extras will pay only $5 each. Any additional adults in a vehicle with more than four adults will only be charged $5 more per person. And if you live the area, you might know third-generation racer Tate Fogleman who’s garnered more training and experience at Orange County than any other track.

  • Series: Pro All Stars Series
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Racetrack: Orange County Speedway
  • Location: Rougemont, North Carolina
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

33rd Annual Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship

This is it! The season finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season and it all wraps up with the 33rd annual Red Buck Dirt Track World Championships. This event is promoted by Carl Short, and has been for the past 32 years. Jim Dunn won that first event, only to die two years later while competing in a NDRA event. In Dunn’s honor, Carl Short added the Jim Dunn non-qualifiers race to the DTWC event schedule as a tribute to the late driver.

  • Series: Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series
  • When: Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Racetrack: Portsmouth Raceway Park
  • Location: West Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

NKNPS East Road Atlanta

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East closes out the season with just five points separating Dylan Kwasniewski and Brett Moffitt atop the championship standings heading into the season finale at Road Atlanta. Kwasniewski, who was last year’s Pro Series West champion, wants to be the first driver to Continue reading

Carl-PittsIt’s only fitting that we’re directing the Meet The Team spotlight on Carl Pitts this time around because this popular CV Products salesman was also just named October employee of the month. That makes it a two-fer for Carl, who joined us back in 2004 and is a salesman on the Mooresville, N.C. sales team.

While we’ll mostly be talking about Carl’s job here, you should know that this active family man has a lot of outside interests, including traveling, woodworking, motorcycling — plus keeping five grandchildren entertained.

So here’s what Carl has to say about his other family — CV Products:

CV Products: What did you do prior to coming to work for CV Products?

Carl Pitts: I worked in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 26 years in Indiana and Kansas and ended my medical career working at a hospital in Kansas City in charge of medical equipment and supplies. I was the supervisor for the Central Service department.

CV Products: Where did you go to college?

Carl: I’m a 1977 graduate of Ivy Tech College in Indianapolis, Ind.

CV Products: What attracted you to come to work for CV Products?

Carl: I moved to Mooresville, N.C., to follow my passion — which is racing — and I wanted to be part of a company that I could grow with and have stability. I knew CV Products was the No. 1 supplier to the motorsports teams and wanted to be part of this company. I joined the company in 2004.

CV Products: How would you describe an average day for you here at CV Products?

Carl: I provide counter and phone sales to all venues of racing. My day starts at about 7:30 a.m. and I restock the showroom for the day, plumb oil lines, draw up valve prints as requested, and help both phone and walk in customers. 

CV Products: What reality TV show should you be on and why would you win or lose?

Carl: It would be Survivor for sure and I would win! My parents taught me survival skills from a young age when we used to camp almost every weekend and most of the summer. My dad taught me about edible plants, how to trap, fish and to make it on your own in the wilderness. With this knowledge and my medical skills I could survive without a doubt.

CV Products: What’s your all-time favorite CV Products item and why?

Carl: The Xceldyne titanium valves. After touring Xceldyne, I was fascinated by the inertia welding process. The minute tolerances that they hold the specs to and the final inspection process are fascinating.

CV Products: What’s one thing not many people know about you?

Carl: That I went to grade school where the movie Hoosiers was filmed.

Charlotte Motor SpeedwayThree out of four racing events for the CV Trackside Program this weekend take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, including NASCAR’s Whelen Southern Modified, the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series and — as is always the case — CV Products will be well represented in this pits with our 18-wheelers towing tons of race products and accessories for drivers and teams alike.

Stop by and chat us up between races, if you’re lucky enough to have a Pit Pass. We love hearing from you.

bojangles_pole_thumbUNOH Southern Slam 150

Things get off to a fast start on Thursday with the Whelen Southern Modifieds on the front stretch quarter-mile track that’s home to tons of NASCAR-level teams and drivers. And if you’re a betting man — or woman — three-time title winner George Brunnhoelzl III and his 32-point lead in the Whelen standings going into this race pretty much spells W-I-N. A finish here makes Brunnhoelzl a four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion.

  • Series: NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, North Carolina
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
  • For More Info: Visit the Whelen Southern Modified website

Winchester Speedway42nd Winchester 400 

With some of the top Super Late Model drivers participating in this weekend’s Winchester 400, the competition is guaranteed to be fierce. There’s Daniel Hemric, last year’s CRA All-Stars Tour champion and series all-time winner, a driver who blew out the competition last week, picking up the Blizzard Series title. And Augie Grill, with two Snowball Derby victories and three Southern Super Series wins this season alone. Grill last competed in the Winchester 400 in 2007. Preston Peltier makes his first appearance in the Winchester 400, but is a former PASS South Series champion and wins leader. And 17-year-old Cody Coughlin has two wins in 2013 with the Tour, meaning all he has to do is show up this weekend to claim the CRA All-Stars Tour Championship.

  • Series: CRA Super Series
  • When: Friday, Oct. 11 to Sunday, Oct. 13
  • Racetrack: Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
  • For More Info: Check out the Winchester Speedway website

dollargeneral300thumbDollar General 300

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the name of the game during Friday’s Dollar General 300, with everything that’s not moving painted a bright pink. In fact, even some things that move fast will be festooned in pink — including Brian Vickers’ and Kyle Busch’s Continue reading

Things may have come to a standstill in our nation’s capital, but just down the road in Martinsville, Virginia – at Martinsville Speedway – you’ll find nothing but high-octane velocity. The same goes for race tracks in Alton, Virginia; Kansas City, Kansas; and, Dillon, South Carolina. And as you might expect, CV Products’ Trackside Program will once again be “there when you need us.”

Here’s where to find CV Trackside this weekend:

Kansas_Lottery_98_9_Race_LogoKansas Lottery 98.9

With eight ARCA Racing Series race winners entered in today’s Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway, the competition figures to be fierce not only for victory lane, but for the contingency awards that remain up for grabs, including the tight battle between Justin Boston and Mason Mingus for the SCOTT Rookie Challenge.

  • Series: ARCA Racing
  • When: Friday, Oct. 4
  • Racetrack: Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
  • Live Timing & Scoring: Available on
  • Note: Visit CV Trackside crew in the pits (pit pass required for entry)

KSL 300 on whiteKansas Lottery 300

With only four points separating NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon, a solid showing in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway could propel the 23-year-old into the lead for the first time since the Watkins Glen race in early August. If Dillon is able to improve upon his finishing position in his only series start at the 1.5-mile track, which came last season, the North Carolina native should find his way into Victory Lane for the first time in 2013 and back atop the standings.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Racetrack: Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
  • Watch it live from your couch: 3:30 PM (ET) on ESPN2
  • Note: Our Trackside crew will be in the pits (pit pass required for entry)

vir_badgeOak Tree Classic at VIR

The second to last event of the final American Le Mans Series season takes the green flag Saturday at historic Virginia International Raceway (VIR) – a 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course. The Oak Tree Grand Prix marks the second visit of the American Le Mans Series to VIR where a year ago Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr captured the P1 and overall victory. Graf and Luhr are enjoying a dream season that includes seven consecutive victories.

  • Series: American Le Mans Series
  • When: Oct. 3-5
  • Racetrack: Virginia International Raceway – Alton, VA
  • Live timing & scoring online:
  • Television schedule: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 PM (ET) on ESPN2
  • Note: The Trackside vehicle will be in the pits (pit pass required for entry)

260-PASS-South-Logo-copyWildcat 150

Saturday night’s Wildcat 150, an event name harkening back to races held in the 1970s at Dillon Motor Speedway when the track was dirt, marks a series of firsts for the PASS South brigade. It will be the first time PASS South has ever raced at Dillon during the fall. And it will also be the first time PASS has ever staged more than one Super Late Model race in the same year at the facility. Back in March, Austin Theriault took advantage of slower traffic to edge out veteran Preston Peltier for the win in the closest finish in PASS South history.

  • Series: Pro All Stars Series South
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Racetrack: Dillon Motor Speedway – Dillon, SC
  • Note: Find the CV Trackside setup in the pits (pit pass required for entry)

Martinsville_TrackVirginia is for Racing Lovers 300

Sunday, October 6: it’s a date NASCAR Late Model Stock drivers from across the country have had circled on their calendars for months, the date of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway. It is the race that drivers refer to as their Daytona 500 or their Super Bowl. It’s the richest NASCAR Late Model Stock race in the country, $25,000 to the winner, with bonuses that could take it to $35,000. And of course there is the iconic grandfather clock trophy to the winner and the prestige of winning on a track where the history of racing runs so deep. The field is truly a who’s who of NASCAR Late Model racing. Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam is entered, as is four-time national champion Philip Morris. Morris is the defending Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 winner; Pulliam won the event two years ago. Morris is the only driver with three Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 wins to his credit.

  • Series: Whelen All-American Series
  • When: Oct. 4-6
  • Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA
  • Note: We’ll be in the pits with our Trackside offerings (pit pass required for entry)

PrintHollywood Casino 400 Green Flag

For Matt Kenseth, the third time was not the charm. The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion failed last Sunday to fashion a record, third consecutive victory to start the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ but finished seventh to maintain his championship lead. Kenseth, who heads five-time champion Jimmie Johnson by eight points and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch by 12 markers gets a second shot at a “triple” in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2 p.m. ET, ESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio).

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 6
  • Racetrack: Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, KS
  • Watch the rice live on television: 2 PM (ET) on ESPN
  • Note: Visit CV Trackside crew in the pits (pit pass required for entry)