Jeff Gordon feels for crew, not Keselowski, after Texas tiff


Jeff Gordon understood Brad Keselowski was going for a gap last Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway. This week at Phoenix International Raceway, he’s ready to move on leave and last week’s post-race altercation behind.

He didn’t entirely let Keselowski off the hook for his role in the dust-up, though, nor did he say Kevin Harvick didn’t play a role.

“It escalated because Brad didn’t want to face the situation,” Gordon said Friday during his media availablity at PIR. “His crew guys were in the middle of that. The thing I feel terrible about is getting my guys involved. In a face-to-face (between me and Brad) there would have been no incident. Kevin played a role, no doubt. I thought it was him, but when I saw back on video and saw he got a good chuckle, certainly it played a role.”

Gordon had no issue with Keselowski going for the move Sunday night. Gordon admitted he should have got a better restart on the green-white-checkered attempt in the second race of the three-race Eliminator Round for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“I have no issue with a guy being aggressive and making a bold move,” Gordon said. “I look at every situation and wonder if I could do a better job, even if we had won.

“I would have liked to have got a better restart. Brad did an excellent job on that restart to get that run. I spun the tires but it wasn’t terrible. But I didn’t have anyone pushing me so our line didn’t go as good. Jimmie (Johnson) is hedging to make sure Brad doesn’t take him three-wide on the inside. My focus is on getting a good run through 1-2 and do like I did to Jimmie.

“So I never realistically thought someone would take that as a realistic gap. I wouldn’t have done it. I would have known what the results would be, which is what they were.”

When asked about whether Gordon’s flat tire that resulted between the two’s contact was caused by the side skirts, Gordon responded, “It’s doesn’t help that those skirts and the whole fender is being pulled out.”

As one of the more veteran drivers on the NASCAR circuit, Gordon has been through a lot of occasions where he’s had contact. He was asked who were the greats that have rattled his cage, so to speak.

“I got wrecked a couple times by Dale Earnhardt,” he said. “The first thing he did was try to put his arm around you and say, ‘I didn’t mean to do that.’ You didn’t necessarily believe him, but it had an effect.

“Some guys you can race like that, and some you can’t. You’re not out there to make friends, but you’re definitely not out there to make enemies.”

Gordon sits fourth on the Chase grid heading into this weekend’s race at PIR as he seeks to advance through to Homestead next week.

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
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.