Ryan Newman fastest in Sprint Cup final practice at Richmond


Ryan Newman, one of the major contenders in NASCAR’s most recent visit to Richmond International Raceway last fall, topped the time sheets in this afternoon’s final practice for the Sprint Cup Series at RIR.

Newman’s lap of 21.733 seconds at 124.235 miles per hour in the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was enough to beat former boss Tony Stewart, who turned in a time of 21.868 seconds (123.468 mph).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third-fastest in the one-hour session (21.875/123.429), followed by Joey Logano (21.884/123.378) in fourth, and Kasey Kahne in fifth (21.896/123.310).

An interesting note was that outside of Kahne, the rest of the Top 5 in final practice set their quickest laps late in their runs.

Newman’s hot lap was the 35th out of the 37 circuits he took in the session, while Stewart’s best came on Lap 32 of his 36. Earnhardt had his best on Lap 45 of 46, and Logano’s was on Lap 30 of 33.

In contrast, Kahne’s fastest circuit was almost right off the bat, on Lap 3 of 41.

Carl Edwards, who won last fall’s Richmond race, was sixth in the session followed by defending Richmond spring race champion Kevin Harvick in seventh. Jimmie Johnson, Practice 1 pace-setter Kyle Larson, and Jamie McMurray completed the Top 10.

Qualifying is expected to begin later today at 5:10 p.m. ET, with the two-round format in place on the 3/4-mile RIR short track.


Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

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.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“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.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“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.