Keselowski stays hot in cold 2nd Sprint Cup practice at N.H.


One day after earning the pole position for Sunday’s Sylvania 300, Brad Keselowski led a chilly second Sprint Cup practice session this morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Under overcast skies and with ambient temperatures around 40 degrees – a far cry from the mid-70s/sunny conditions expected for Sunday’s race – Keselowski posted a hot lap of 135.622 mph to pace the field.

“It’s really hard to get the tires up to temperature and get going,” Keselowski told Fox Sports. “Goodyear brings a great tire here that made the run in the heat, with all the brake heat and all those things, so when the track’s really cold like this, the first few laps are really dangerous.

“Everyone’s kind of fighting that, but temperatures will be up a little bit for tomorrow’s race and even for the next practice session, so that shouldn’t be an issue.”

The 2012 Cup champion has led every session so far this weekend at NHMS, where he also won this past July.

Ryan Newman, seeking to pull himself into the Top 12 of the Chase Grid ahead of next week’s Challenger Round finale at Dover, was second-fastest at 134.920 mph.

“I think we learned a couple things, but in the end, it showed that we stacked up better than we did in qualifying, so we did at least some of our homework overnight,” said Newman.

Former New Hampshire winner Brian Vickers was third at 134.916 mph. Kevin Harvick (134.901) and Carl Edwards (134.853) completed the Top 5, with Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, and Kyle Busch following in Positions 6-10.

The Cup guys will have one more practice session later today at 11:30 a.m. ET.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire – Second Practice Times (Saturday)

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.