Suarez opens NASCAR doubleheader with Xfinity win at Dover

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DOVER, Del. — Daniel Suarez jumped out of his car and sprinted down the front stretch to grab the checkered flag and take an untraditional victory lap on the track.

“I had to run a little bit. That’s fine,” he said, laughing. “When you win, you can run a little bit.”

Suarez cruised into the second round of the Chase in the Xfinity Series with a win Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

He won his second career Xfinity race a day after rain washed out the race and forced a rare NASCAR doubleheader. NASCAR ran its first Xfinity-Cup doubleheader since April 25, 2010, at Talladega Superspeedway.

Suarez became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national race in June at Michigan. He became a part of NASCAR in 2011 and was involved in its Drive for Diversity and Next programs.

Team owner Joe Gibbs has been a stout supporter of NASCAR’s diversity programs.

“From a diversity standpoint and all he represents there from a Hispanic standpoint too, I think it’s huge for our sport,” he said. “He’s the perfect representative. He’s funny, he’s got a good sense of humor and I think he really, really appreciates where he is.”

Suarez said he was proud to learn in victory lane that he won during National Hispanic Heritage Month. He said he won for all of his fans across North America.

“Having all of the support that I have had from Mexico and from here in the U.S. and all of Latin America has been super special,” he said. “I really feel lucky to be in this position and to be able to represent all of them.”

Suarez led 123 of 200 laps in the No. 19 Toyota and joined Elliott Sadler in the second round of the Chase.

Ty Dillon was second, followed by Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman.

With three top NASCAR Cup stars sitting out, the top five was filled with Xfinity regulars. Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano all had replacement drivers in the Xfinity race to focus on the Cup race scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Regan Smith finished 13th driving for Dillon; Drew Herring was 21st subbing for Busch; and Blaney filled in for Logano.

Busch has eight Xfinity wins, Dillon has two and Logano has one this season.

Allgaier said that even if the three stars raced, Suarez was still the driver to beat.

“I don’t know that anybody was going to beat him today,” Allgaier said. “I think it was smart for the Cup guys to sit out. I think two races in one day would have been a strain, mentally.”

Ty Dillon, Ryan Sieg and Brandon Jones are in danger of being eliminated from the Chase next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. So is Erik Jones, one of the top rising stars in the sport who entered the Chase as the top speed. Jones finished 16th and was 28th last week.

“It’s pretty embarrassing not to even be in the Chase right now for the next round,” Jones said. “It’s just unfortunate; it’s just something that I never would have seen it coming.”

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Pro Motocross races live as part of multi-year media rights extension between NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports

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Peacock Becomes Home of Supercross and Pro Motocross Series, Plus the Newly-Formed SuperMotocross World ChampionshipTM

NBC, USA Network, and CNBC to Present Coverage of All Races

Record 31 Combined Supercross, Pro Motocross, and SuperMotocross Races Across NBC Sports Platforms in 2023

PALMETTO, Fla., and STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 4, 2022 – As part of a multi-year media rights extension between NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports that was announced, Peacock will become the home of the Supercross and Pro Motocross series, including the newly-formed SuperMotocross World Championship. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Spanning 31 races from January 2023 to October 2023, Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

Peacock will exclusively stream at least 20 Supercross and Pro Motocross races live and serve as the exclusive streaming home of qualifying, heats, and full-event replays. Click here to learn more about Peacock.

NBC, USA Network, and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, throughout 2023 and beyond. The inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship Final will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, live on Peacock and USA Network.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly-formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Feld Motor Sports in a dynamic time for Supercross and Pro Motocross with the debut of the SuperMotocross World Championship,” said Mike Perman, VP, Programming, NBC Sports. “Peacock is the perfect home for every live minute of action-packed two-wheel racing in both series, with numerous NBCUniversal television networks complementing our extensive streaming coverage.”

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network, and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross, and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, and CNBC will be announced in the near future.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS

NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, Big Ten Conference, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, Notre Dame, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLB, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, and many more.

ABOUT FELD MOTORSPORTS

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting specialized arena and stadium-based motorsports entertainment. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, and the SuperMotocross World Championship. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a subsidiary of Feld Entertainment, Inc. Visit monsterjam.com, SupercrossLIVE.com, and feldentertainment.com for more information.

ABOUT PEACOCK

Peacock’s expansive programming features live sports coverage including Sunday Night Football, Premier League, MLB Sunday Leadoff, NASCAR, INDYCAR, Notre Dame Football, golf, Olympic sports, horse racing, and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel which streams Peacock Original Brother from Another and staples like The Dan Patrick Show and Pro Football Talk Live. Click here to learn more and to sign up.

–NBC SPORTS–

Huge crash kicks off 450 Moto 1 race at Redbud National

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Well, that didn’t take long.

A big pile-up kicked off the 450 Moto 1 race at the Redbud National on Saturday afternoon in Michigan.

As the bikers rounded the first turn, Trey Canard and Heath Harrison went down, followed by Cooper Webb whose front tire got stuck, catapulting him across traffic. Weston Peick was also involved in the pile up. Meanwhile, more bikers trying to avoid the crash piled up behind them.

Peick recovered to finish 14th overall, while Webb, who was in third in the race at the time of the crash, placed third to last. Canard took 13th place in the race.

Eli Tomac took home first with a best time of 2:03.084.

NBC Sports Gold will have all the motorcross races this season. Check it out here.