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It’s awkward to be talking about “win-and-you’re-in” this early in the Spring Cup Series racing season, but with a bevy of different winners so far this year, that’s more than likely. NASCAR tells us that if there are more than 15 winners in the first 26 races, all bets are off – a race winner could be left out of the Chase. But that’s unlikely, say the experts. Last year, there were five different winners to start the season – and the regular season still ended with 13 different winners in the first 26 races.

Here’s where we’ll be for all the weekend’s action: 300

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Saturday, March 22
Racetrack: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
How to watch from home: 4:30PM (EST) on ESPN, MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: In Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler have the opportunity to reach double digits – that is, win Joe Gibbs Racing’s 10th consecutive race at Auto Club Speedway. With 10 total victories among the three national series, Busch reigns supreme in Fontana, especially in Nationwide where he’s racked up six wins. Putting all of that aside for a moment, heading into Fontana, only one point separates Regan Smith and second-place Trevor Bayne in the Nationwide standings. This time last year, Sam Hornish Jr. held a 22-point advantage over second-place Justin Allgaier. This season’s NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle is already heating up!

AutoClub_400Auto Club 400

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, March 23
Racetrack: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
How to watch from home: 2:30PM (EST) on FOX, MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will try to rebound from his first finish outside the top two (he finished 24th last weekend at Bristol). In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway, Junior’s best finish is a pair of 2nd-place showings. With the natural progression of his improvement over his last two trips to Auto Club, you may want to believe that Earnhardt’s due for a win. His Daytona win and the new Chase qualifying format where a win all but guarantees a driver a spot in the postseason has allowed him to race all out for the win every weekend. And just in case you’re wondering, Earnhardt did win the 1998 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club, so he knows what it takes to win at this particular track.

Mobile 200

Series: ARCA Racing Series
When: Saturday, March 22
Racetrack: Mobile International Speedway – Mobile, Al
Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only
What you need to know: The fastest week in Alabama got underway earlier this week with a day-long testing session for all ARCA teams on March 15, and culminates with the drop of the green flag of the ARCA Mobile 200 at 2:00 PM on Saturday March 22. The ARCA Series is one of the most versatile racing series in the world competing on superspeedways, short-tracks, road courses and dirt today. In just two years, ARCA’s Mobile 200 races have drawn fans from 22 states and Canada. Look for Justin Boston, Anderson Bowen and Grant Enfinger to battle it out for this year’s Mobile 200 title.

CV-Products-Trackside-VegasThe NASCAR-sanctioned Myrtle Beach 400 highlights this weekend’s events, a race that was postponed way back in November of last year. It’s been rescheduled for this Friday and we can pretty much guarantee it was worth the wait. Long known as the place to get a first look-see at future NASCAR champions, Myrtle Beach Speedway is where the biggest stars cut their teeth. We’re talking about four generations of Petty boys and three generations of Earnhardts for starters. This is a double-header weekend at this recently purchased and newly renovated racetrack in South Carolina.

Meanwhile, in Southern California — way over there on the left coast — you can find our CV Products tractor-trailer at a pair of NASCAR events within the noisy confines of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. We’ll be supplying parts and products to race teams at all four events on both coasts. Here’s our weekend schedule:

Myrtle-Beach-400-Logo20th Annual Myrtle Beach 400

This two-day event includes South East Limited Late Models racing 100 laps, followed by the 250-lap NASCAR Late Model race on Friday afternoon. The race features a $10,000 prize for the winner among a field of 40-plus cars, and includes some of the best late model drivers in the nation.

Inaugural Spring Challenge at the Beach

Saturday will be the second big day for the two divisions, plus two other support classes. NASCAR Late Model racecars put in 150 laps; Southeast Limited drives do 100 laps; the Southeast Challenger is a 50-lap race; and, the Mini Mayhem is a 100-lap race. In all, the Saturday schedule calls 400 laps of racing!

  • Series: SELLM (South East Limited Late Model) and NASCAR Late Model Stock
  • When: Saturday, March 23
  • Racetrack: Myrtle Beach Speedway
  • Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes
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Royal Purple 300

Royal-Purple-300-LogoThis race marks the fifth on the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2013, an event that saw Joey Logano lead the pack for 92 laps before collecting the checkered last year. Logano won’t be here this weekend, but Kyle Busch will. Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Auto Club Speedway with five — all taking place within the last seven races at the Fontana venue.