Here to stay: Keselowski vows that he won’t be run out of the sport

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It’s very clear by now that Brad Keselowski is far from universally liked in the world of NASCAR.

But based off of his clutch victory on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, it’s also very clear that Keselowski can play the “me against the world” game to win.

In a sport that has arguably progressed into something much more “corporate” than what it once was, one would think that Keselowski’s outspokenness and refusal to do things any other way but his own would give him a bigger following.

Instead, among NASCAR Nation, he’s become the most polarizing driver in the sport that’s not named Kyle Busch.

Keselowski has an idea why that’s the case. During an appearance Monday night at Texas Motor Speedway, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion touched upon what he sees as the sizable power of a certain part of the current NASCAR driver corps.

“You look at the current crop of NASCAR drivers right now and most of them came from a time period of 1998 to 2006, roughly,” he began. “So they’ve kind of created this genre of drivers, so to speak, that dominates the sport. There are a few drivers that exist before that – Jeff Gordon comes to mind – that might be the only one. And then after there, there are a few drivers – Kyle Larson, myself and my teammate Joey Logano.

“But for the most part, the big block of successful drivers come from that era of our sport. They yield a lot of power, they control a lot of the fan base and the fan base controls a lot of what’s perceived as right and wrong.

“And for me, that’s just a challenge that I have to fight through knowing that’s what the perception is going to be and I’m going to fight through that by doing what I think is right at all times – for me.”

Obviously, that stance can lead to conflicts – like the one he was at the center of two weekends ago following the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But while he’d rather not always play that aforementioned me-against-the-world game, he feels it’s even more important to keep up his so-called “passion for winning” no matter what his peers or anybody else thinks.

“It’s probably going to ruffle some feathers of people that have been in the sport longer than I have and kind of feel like this is their territory, but the alternative option of rolling over and playing dead just isn’t in my DNA and I don’t plan on ever allowing it to be,” he said.

“I think that’s probably the point I’m trying to get through. Maybe sometimes I articulate it better than other [times], but I feel like I’m here to do one job and that’s to win races for my team. I’m not looking to make enemies, but certainly, priority number one is not making friends.”

Take it or leave it, folks.

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.