CV Products Trackside Program Visits Chicagoland and Charlotte

CV Products —  September 13, 2014 | Category: Trackside Program | Comment

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 unrelenting since the series was previously at Chicago in July. Elliott led 85 laps on his way to his third win of his Sunoco Rookie season. 400

myafib_400__finalrevSeries: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, September 14
Racetrack: Chicagoland Speedway — Joliet, Illinois
How to watch from home: ESPN @ 1pm EST
What to watch for: The season is far from over for the drivers who didn’t make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Forty-three cars still take to the track in the final 10 races, meaning 27 drivers who are not championship-eligible will compete in each event. As a consolation prize, the non-Chase racers get to play the role of spoiler. While six Chase contenders — Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. — are former winners at Chicagoland Speedway, look for an upshot like rookie Kyle Larson or Austin Dillon, both of whom have been inconsistent and are threats to notch their first Sprint Cup wins, to do just that on Sunday.

Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic

Salem_Speedyway_LogoSeries: ARCA Racing Series
When: Saturday, September 13
Racetrack: Salem Speedway — Salem, Illinois
How to watch from home: Visit starting at 12:30pm EST
What to watch for: Saturday’s race marks Frank Kimmel’s 42nd career ARCA Racing Series start at Salem. Over a span of 22 years, Kimmel has recorded nine wins, 29 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes, in addition to nine poles. The 10-time champion is 40 laps shy of turning 8,000 laps on the .555-mile track.

PPG Paints Top Gun Sealants 100

When: Saturday, September 13
Racetrack: Gresham Motorsports Park — Jefferson, Georgia
What you need to know: Saturday’s event is the last big Pro Late Model race of the year on the lightning-fast half-mile oval. The GMP Outlaw Late Models and Trucks will also be a part of this event, mixing it up in a pair of 30-lap feature events. Finally, Saturday night will be Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Night at Gresham, featuring many of the greatest drivers in Georgia auto racing history.

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