Bubba Wallace honors Wendell Scott by earning pole for Martinsville Truck race

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On a weekend that carries a lot of significance for honoring NASCAR Hall of Fame-elect inductee Wendell Scott, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. paid tribute in his own way to Scott.

With a special paint scheme that recalled the powder blue and white No. 34 the late driver used to drive, Wallace went out and won the pole for Saturday afternoon’s Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

It was Wallace’s third career pole and comes on the one-year anniversary that Wallace earned his first career NCWTS race last October at Martinsville, marking the first win by an African-American driver since Scott’s lone Cup triumph in December 1964.

“It’s an awesome paint scheme for Wendell Scott in the No. 34 Toyota Tundra,” Wallace told FoxSports1. “It’s been a good weekend so far.

“We got our stuff turned around in the second practice and happy about our chances.”

Currently third in the NCWTS standings, Wallace is hoping to close the 28-point gap between him and series points leader Matt Crafton.

“There’s still enough stress to think about what’s going to play out in the race, but hopefully it goes smooth,” Wallace said. “We control our own destiny in this race and let’s go have some fun.

“We just have to be smart … try to lead every lap, get as many points as we can and just have a good day. It’s a special weekend, so let’s add a little spice to it and get another (grandfather’s clock that is given to the race winner).”

Timothy Peters, who won last week’s race at Talladega, is looking for back-to-back wins. He’ll start on the outside of the front pole (96.195 mph).

Crafton starts third (96.132), followed by Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney, Gray Gaulding, Johnny Sauter, German Quiroga, Jeb Burton, Tyler Reddick, Joey Coulter and Alex Guenette.

There were several incidents in the first round of qualifying. Rookies Charles Buchanan Jr. and Dustin Hapka spun around while making their runs, but neither suffered any damage to their race trucks.

And then in the final minute of the final round, Quiroga went out to try and improve his spot on the grid, only to spin out as well. Quiroga did not hit anything, but he may have damaged his tires with the spin.

Such was not the case for fellow NCWTS rookie Jody Knowles, who also spun, but couldn’t stop from also backing into the outside retaining wall, incurring damage to the sheet metal.

Reddick skimmed the wall while making his first qualifying run, but damage was minimal.

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

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Feld Entertainment, Inc.

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.