You can’t say Sunday’s middle race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Eliminator Round wasn’t memorable.
It took two green-white-checkered finishes to settle the outcome in Texas, and while Jimmie Johnson emerged victorious, his teammate Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski got involved in the second post-race fight that’s occurred over the last four weeks.
We’ll have every angle of the race – and its aftermath – covered on a special, one-hour edition of NASCAR AMERICA tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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On tap for today:
- NASCAR on NBC contributor Nate Ryan calls into the show to discuss potential fines and penalties that NASCAR could level on those involved in the Texas tussle…
- Gordon’s 29th place finish has dropped him into the fourth and final advance position to the Sprint Cup Championship Race ahead of next weekend’s Eliminator finale in Phoenix. NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast will speak with Gordon’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, to talk about how the team plans to rebound…
- With Denny Hamlin second in the Chase Grid and Matt Kenseth fifth, Joe Gibbs Racing could send both of its remaining Chasers to the Championship Race. NBCSN’s Jason Weigandt will have more on the team’s strategy for Phoenix in his report from JGR headquarters…
- Also, with all the pressure, intensity and fisticuffs we’ve seen in the last few weeks, is this really what NASCAR – and more importantly, the fans – wanted with this new Chase format? Our team will weigh in…
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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.