Keselowski to the garage as multi-car pileup leads to brief red flag at Martinsville

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An apparent mechanical issue for Brad Keselowski led to a multi-car crash that brought out the red flag with 64 laps to go in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Keselowski, who made the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup after winning last week at Talladega, slowed down coming off Turn 4 and pulled to the outside of the front-stretch.

But Casey Mears then ran into the back of him, while Danica Patrick clipped Mears and took right-side damage. Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne then both hit Mears, with Carl Edwards also getting involved in the melee.

Kahne has now been listed as out of the race due to the damage sustained on his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, while Keselowski has since been taken to the garage. Edwards is in position to take the free pass when the race goes back to green.

“I didn’t really see him slowing down,” Kahne told ESPN after he was released from the infield care center. “My spotter saw it last second, and as soon as he said it, I hit the brakes. But by then, it was way too late. I was just looking at the 78 [Truex] and he started slowing up and I was already into him. It was a pretty good hit.”

The race has since resumed under the yellow caution flag with Clint Bowyer leading Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart.

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.