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We’ve got a light schedule on tap this weekend for the CV Products Trackside Program, with Martinsville Speedway in Virginia being the sole beneficiary. First up is the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, followed by the STP 500 for the drivers in the Sprint Cup Series. The weather forecast for both days looks iffy. A cold front is expected to produce wet conditions, which is just fine for the folks who work in the NASCAR R&D Center. That’s because this weekend marks the unveiling of a new piece of track-drying technology aimed at getting drivers back onto the racetrack sooner when rain interrupts the action.

Kroger 250 - Practice

The new technology – the Air Titan 2.0 – is said to be a more compact, nimble and environmentally friendly version of its predecessor. The Titan 2.0 replaces those bulky support vehicles required by Air Titan 1.0 with a single, self-contained unit that’s perched on the bed of a support vehicle. By addressing the size of the power source, NASCAR says it now has the ability to deploy up to 21 drying units at larger venues and operate more efficiently on smaller tracks. That’s a good thing because they may very well need it this weekend in Martinsville!

Kroger 250

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Saturday, March 29
Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA
Where to find us: Trackside, and you’ll need to a Pit Pass to get where we are
How to watch from home: FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. (EST), and MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

What you need to know: Local driver Timothy Peters has built an impressive career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — one that includes seven victories and a top 10 points finish in each of the last six seasons. But, arguably, his greatest personal accomplishment was his Martinsville Speedway victory in 2009. This weekend, he hopes to duplicate the feat. Peters, who hails from nearby Danville, Va., hopes a new truck body will elevate his success on the Virginia short track. The 2014 truck body debuted at Daytona, and will make its first short-track start this weekend. Peters finished in fourth in this race last year, and if he were able to win on Saturday, he would become the sixth driver to record multiple wins at the track.

STP 500

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, March 30
Racetrack: Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA
Where to find us: Trackside, but you’ll need to a Pit Pass to get there!
Watch the race from home: FOX at 12:30 p.m. (EST), and on MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

What you need to know: Kyle Busch led five laps last Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, bringing his career total to 9,938. He needs just 62 more to become the 15th driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to reach 10,000 career laps led. But five different drivers have won the first five races of the 2014 season. That happened last year, too. But what hasn’t happened in the 10-year history of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – six different winners in the first six races. With this weekend’s wet weather conditions, don’t be surprised if that’s exactly what happens. And if the winner drives for Michael Waltrip Racing or Richard Childress Racing, it will also be six different winning teams in the first six races. And for the record, the record for most unique winners to start a season: 10 in 2000. Statistically, Johnson, Gordon and Hamlin look like the solid choices to extend the streak.

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


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)

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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)