Keselowski, Stewart fined and put on probation after Charlotte post-race incidents (VIDEO)

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Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart have each been fined and put on probation for the next four Sprint Cup races after playing roles in a series of post-race incidents following Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keselowski has been fined $50,000, while Stewart has been fined a lesser amount of $25,000.

Escaping penalties of any kind were Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin, who were both also heavily involved in the Charlotte incidents.

“These penalties are about maintaining a safe environment following the race,” NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton said in a statement. “We knew that the new Chase format was likely going to raise the intensity level and we want our drivers to continue to be themselves.

“However, the safety of our drivers, crew members, officials, and workers is paramount and we will react when that safety could be compromised.”

Officially, Keselowski and Stewart both violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.9 (Behavioral penalty – involved in a post-race incident) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.

Their probation periods will end on November 12 – four days before the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With the decision made by the sanctioning body, Chase contenders Keselowski, Kenseth, and Hamlin have managed to avoid being docked of championship points.

Hamlin remains seventh on the Chase Grid at 17 points ahead of the Eliminator Round cutoff. Kenseth stays ninth at one point behind the cutoff, and Keselowski is still 10th at 19 points behind.

This weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will determine the final group of eight drivers for the Eliminator Round. Joey Logano (Kansas) and Kevin Harvick (Charlotte) have already advanced there via wins in the Contender Round.

At the conclusion of Saturday’s event, Hamlin and Keselowski expressed their displeasure with each other after hard racing during the final two laps.

Hamlin admitted to brake-checking Keselowski on the cool-down lap, which led the latter to unsuccessfully try and spin Hamlin out in Turn 3.

The scene then shifted to the entrance of pit road, where Keselowski hit both Kenseth and Stewart. Stewart promptly backed his car into Keselowski’s own.

Keselowski, now with severe front-end damage on his car, then drove into the garage area with Hamlin closely following him. The 2012 Cup champion did a burnout to get away from Hamlin before parking in front of his Team Penske hauler.

Hamlin climbed out of his car but was immediately intercepted by members of his team that kept him from moving toward Keselowski. After Keselowski walked away to his hauler, Kenseth then ran up and attacked him from behind, beginning a skirmish between their respective crews.

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.