Don’t look now, but Kyle Busch is putting together a strong Chase

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Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick may be in the Eliminator Round of the Chase thanks to wins in the last two weeks.

But look who’s proven to be the “best of the rest” among the remaining Chasers: Kyle Busch, who has built up a 26-point cushion going into Sunday’s elimination race at Talladega.

Quite frankly, that’s an impressive turnaround from where he and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team were at the tail end of the regular season.

How many of us were thinking that Busch would do well in the Chase while he was in the middle of that horrendous four-race stretch in August (42nd at Pocono, 40th at Watkins Glen, 39th at Michigan, 36th at Bristol) – a stretch that included him and crew chief Dave Rogers going at each other over the radio in Thunder Valley?

The results weren’t coming. The chemistry was seemingly shot. And Busch seemed destined for an early post-season exit.

Instead, Busch has rattled off runs of seventh, eighth, 10th, third, and fifth in the first five Chase races.

You can’t help but think of Marvin the Martian: “Where’s the Kaboom? There’s supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom!”

It’s not happening. Even though Busch and JGR can’t quite match up on pure speed with the Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske drivers, they’re doing what they have to do to get deeper into this Chase.

“It wasn’t a win – which is what we really want – but it’s another solid finish for us,” Busch said after leading 41 laps en route to his fifth-place run in Charlotte on Saturday night. “We just need to go to Talladega next week and try to avoid the ‘Big One’.”

After sitting on the pole and leading the first 13 laps, Busch gradually faded to the lower reaches of the Top 10. But under caution at Lap 135, Rogers called for a big adjustment – an added left-rear spring rubber and a wedge removal – that proved to work well for Busch as he charged back into the Top 5.

“These things are so finicky on pit stops,” Busch continued. “It’s been that way all year long for us. Little adjustments just didn’t help us tonight. We made that one big change, and the car really took off for us.”

And now, the 18 camp is one more strong result away from getting to the Eliminator Round – a possibility that seemed quite remote not too long ago.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

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. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


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


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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