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Dominating performances were on tap this past weekend, as the winners of all three major NASCAR series’ races — and the winner of the ARCA race — didn’t flinch an inch in the final stretches before capturing their respective checkered flags. And CV Products Trackside was there for all the action.

Here’s where we were and what we saw:

NC LOTTO 200 2008North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Friday, May 16
Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway  — Charlotte, NC
Race recap: After Friday night’s dominating performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch appears to be untouchable, at least where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is concerned. Leading 130 of 134 laps after starting his truck on the pole for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Busch claimed his third truck series win in as many starts this season and his fourth consecutive going back to last year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory was Busch’s 38th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his sixth at Charlotte. If only Busch’s odds were as good elsewhere. The Las Vegas-born driver is attempting to become the first driver to complete the IndyCar-NASCAR 1,100-mile double since 2001, and just yesterday crashed during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR14_allstar_14Sprint All-Star Race

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Saturday, May 17
Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway — Charlotte, NC
Race recap: Pulling away from an intense battle with polesitter Carl Edwards to open the final 10-lap segment Saturday night, Jamie McMurray won the Sprint All-Star Race — and get this… the million-dollar-plus prize that goes with the victory. McMurray held off Kevin Harvick, who crossed the finish line just .696 seconds behind. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson. Though  Edwards and  McMurray inched ahead of each other at various junctures after the final restart, McMurray led at the finish line for each of the final 10 laps. Once he cleared Edwards three laps into the run, McMurray pulled away for good. The 31 laps McMurray led Saturday night were the first he had ever led in the All-Star Race.

GetToKnowNewton_250Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin Williams

Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
When: Sunday, May 18
Racetrack: Iowa Speedway — Newton, IA
Race recap: Sam Hornish, Jr. dominated the field in the Get to Know Newton 250, leading 167 of the race’s 250 laps at the 7/8-mile track at Iowa Speedway. The rare Sunday Nationwide Series race saw Hornish pull away from his only competition, pole sitter Ryan Blaney, on a lap 229 restart. From there it was smooth driving for the part-time Joe Gibbs Racing driver who previously finished second, third or fourth in his last three starts at Iowa. Blaney, who led 80 laps, finished second, while Regan Smith, who hasn’t finished outside the top 10 all season, took third. NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care

menards200logoSeries: ARCA Racing Series
When: Sunday, May 18
Racetrack: Toledo Speedway — Toledo, OH
Race recap: It was a festival atmosphere at Toledo Speedway on Sunday for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Nashville band Lucy Angel performed a free concert; thousands of fans lined up for autographs; and, the perfect weather in Toledo had fans, race teams and drivers all on the edge of their seats for the 200 lap race. Justin Boston took the lead from Grant Enfinger on lap 181 and held off a charge from pole winner Mason Mitchell to take the checkered flag. It was Venturini Motorsports first win at Toledo since team owner Bill Venturini himself went to victory lane as a driver in 1987.

CV Products Trackside will visit Charlotte Motor Speedway again this weekend when we’re in town to support the Coca-Cola 600 and History 300 NASCAR races. Look for a preview of this weekend’s action to appear here on our blog later this week.

CV-Trackside-Photo-OneWhat’s stacking up to be another busy Trackside Program weekend is already underway in some auto racing venues, including tomorrow’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Richmond, Va., and the World 100 Crown at the Eldora Speedway in Ohio. But rest assured. CV Products will be on hand at all six events planned through Sunday, offering drivers and spectators with pit passes alike the best in racing equipment and gear. For visitors with pit passes, come down and look through our 53-foot-long trailers for the goodies you need for speed.

Here’s where you’ll find us:

43rd Annual World 100 Crown

EldoraSpeedwayThe World 100 — traditionally run on the weekend after Labor Day — wraps up Saturday with the winner netting $46,000 in the 100-lap finale. This year, the three-day event features a record $283,910 purse, with Eldora Speedway concluding four complete Late Model events over seven days. Saturday’s format of six heat races leads up to an enlarged 32-car starting field for the World 100.

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 7
  • Racetrack: Eldora Speedway
  • Location: New Weston, Ohio
  • Note: CV’s Trackside trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes

Virginia 529 College Savings 250

RIR-09-0677 VI529_CS250_V3aFriday’s race is a historic event, commemorating the 1,000th NASCAR Nationwide Series race. This landmark race can be seen at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and heard on Motor Racing Network Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Dale Earnhardt won the inaugural event back on Feb. 13, 1982, and the Nationwide Series has since been a proving ground for drivers trying to earn a seat in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ever since. Eight Nationwide Series winners made it to the Sprint Cup Series, including Alan Kulwicki, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Keselowski is the only driver to have won titles in NASCAR’s top two series.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Friday, Sept. 6
  • Racetrack: Richmond International Raceway
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for people with pit passes only

Federated Auto Parts 400

fedautopartsthumbSome days it’s just nice to be Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Saturday is one of those days. In order for Dale to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, he has to finish 32nd or better in Saturday’s 400-lap race at the Richmond International Speedway (7:30 p.m. on ET ABC, MRN Radio, Sirius XM Radio). In racing terminology, that’s a piece of cake. Racers Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth already have Top 10 spots. Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch complete the provisional top 10, scoring 16, 14 and six points ahead of 11th-place Jeff Gordon.

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

A trifecta of auto races appear on the stock car racing calendar this weekend, with NASCAR teams scattered all around the country, marking the only time this year that each series will assemble in a different state at the same time. In total, there’s a pair of parties at the Poconos, another trio of races in the vowel states (that’s Iowa and Ohio), and a Pro All Stars Series in Virginia.

As we do every week — and as we do so well — we’ll have big semi-trucks full of gear on hand for those racing and for those with pit passes. If you can’t make it out to any of these races, we’ve provided info — where available — on how to watch or listen from home.

Party in the Poconos 400

partypoconosthumb13The Top 10 racers appearing at this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race have had mixed results at Pocono, with six of those competitors yet to win at “The Tricky Triangle.” Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch — drivers with differing Pocono successes — also make that list. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon share a combined seven NASCAR Sprint Cup titles and are the current Wild Card holders as the regular season moves into its second half.

  • Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • When: Sunday, June 9
  • Racetrack: Pocono Raceway
  • Location: Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for race team personnel and attendees with pit passes
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  • Watch or Listen from home: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on TNT or the Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Radio

DuPont Pioneer 250

pioneer250thumbIowa Speedway hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday night, with the DuPont Pioneer 250 sharing track over the weekend with the annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West face-off (more info on that race appears at the end of today’s post). Regan Smith, the Nationwide Series points leader, finds himself on new territory, having never raced at Iowa Speedway. For now, Smith holds a 27-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr.

  • Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • When: Saturday, June 8
  • Racetrack: Iowa Speedway
  • Location: Newton, Iowa
  • Note: CV’s trailer is in the pits and available for race teams and folks with pit passes
  • For More Info: visit the Nationwide Series online or check out what the Iowa Speedway has on its website
  • Watch or Listen from home: 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN or Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Radio)

19th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream  

EldoraSpeedwayRacers will be aligned for Saturday night’s heats by their best lap time turned during the multi-car time trials run on both Thursday and Friday. Each night’s qualifying results will also split the field into two groups that will then compete in separate cards of heat races. Continue reading