UPDATE: Denny Hamlin’s bad day at New Hampshire gets worse with Lap 180 crash

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UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): A bad day has gotten worse for Denny Hamlin on Lap 180 of today’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Hamlin was collected in a multi-car pileup in Turn 2 that also involved David Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., and Cole Whitt. The damage sustained to Hamlin’s car was enough to send him to the garage.

Fuel probe issues around Lap 100 had caused him to fall several laps down earlier in the race.

Hamlin was running second when he pitted under green at Lap 95. His Joe Gibbs Racing team later confirmed on Twitter that the stop was due to a problem with the fuel probe.

A caution on Lap 105 for debris gave Hamlin and the No. 11 team a chance to fix the problem. The deck lid on Hamlin’s Toyota went up as the team replaced the fuel-filling apparatus.

The problems caused Hamlin and crew chief Darian Grubb to have a mini-spat over the radio. From MRN’s Dustin Long:

Hamlin returned to the track in 41st place at four laps off the leaders’ pace. He lost a fifth lap on the race track before he was caught in the Lap 180 incident.

He entered today sixth on the Chase Grid at 12 points above the cutoff of the Top 12 that will advance to the Contender Round.

But with this setback, next week’s Challenger Round finale at Dover International Speedway may become his biggest race of the season depending on how his fellow Chasers fare this afternoon.

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

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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.