Will Chase Elliott’s march to Nationwide title continue tonight in Charlotte?

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With four races to go in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, a lot of things can still happen in regards to the championship.

But it’s getting harder to foresee any other outcome besides 18-year-old Chase Elliott emerging with the big prize at Homestead.

Elliott takes a 38-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith into tonight’s 300-miler at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With three wins and an average finish of 8.0 this season, it’d be stunning to see Elliott make a self-inflicted error at this point of the year. And his luck’s been holding out too, as he’s dodged potentially disastrous incidents in each of the last two races.

Smith’s poor run last weekend at Kansas has helped create a clear path for Elliott: Finish in the Top-5 in each of the last four races, and it’s done.

And the mission is also clear for Elliott – namely, keep doing what you’ve been doing.

“Everybody is different when you get into situations when you’re battling for something,” Elliott said to the Charlotte Observer on Thursday. “It’s good to ask questions, but in your own way, you’ve got to figure out things and work through the stress that is on the team.

“I try to keep it as simple as possible and stress-free as I can and take it a week at a time. I put a lot of emphasis on that and hopefully we’re still in the hunt when it counts.”

As for Smith, who had a broken sway bar arm relegate him to a 22nd-place finish in Kansas, he’s now having to deal with Ty Dillon for runner-up honors in the standings.

Dillon has been on an impressive run as of late with 11 Top-10 finishes in the last 12 races (a run that includes his win at Indianapolis in July), and that’s helped bring him within two points of Smith.

Three 1.5-mile tracks in the last four races of the season has Dillon feeling good about his chances of getting another checkered flag before the year is out.

“Our 1.5-mile program has been stellar this entire season,” he said this week. “We’ve been able to knock off some Top-5 finishes, our teammate Brendan (Gaughan) got a victory in Kentucky and we just feel very confident in our program.

“You have to really credit ECR Engines for giving us the power and our guys for really building a strong notebook. I think if we stay focused on what we’ve been doing these past few weeks, a win is inevitable.”

Smith on the other hand will try to pull himself and the No. 7 team back up tonight.

“We’re going to do everything we can to get another win before this season’s end,” he said. “And it’s far from over. You never know how things will shake out by year’s end. So we’re looking forward to racing Charlotte under the lights.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

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The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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