To surprise of no one, Kyle Larson earns Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors

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Kyle Larson will have to wait until his sophomore season of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition to get his first victory.

But Larson was still clearly a cut above the series’ other freshmen this season, and after finishing 13th in Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 21-year-old was named 2014 Cup Rookie of the Year.

“We were really competitive all season long with the Target team, and came really, really close to winning a couple of them,” Larson said afterwards. “Starting off the year finishing second, really really early in the season at Fontana was great. There was a lot of room on the Kyle Larson bandwagon on to start the season.

“I think a lot of people chose Austin Dillon to win it, and I was pretty confident in myself and in my team that we could do it. I knew there would be some ups and downs, but I felt like we would be the top contender once we got halfway through the season, and we definitely were.

“[I’m] really proud of that, proud of the effort everybody has put in on these race cars. We’ve gotten better throughout the season, and it’s just a huge honor to win this title with all the other names that have won it.”

The 2014 campaign featured a class of eight rookies, but almost immediately, many observers expected RoY honors to go to either Larson or Dillon, who was coming off winning the 2013 Nationwide Series championship.

However, Larson quickly showed that he was the best of the lot.

Although he was unable to win and did not make the Chase, he still collected three runner-up finishes (the aforementioned Fontana, New Hampshire, and Kansas). Plus, he had more Top-5 finishes – eight – than two of the championship contenders, Denny Hamlin (seven) and Ryan Newman (five).

“I think just being competitive and challenging for Top-5s and Top-10s most every week has been really good,” Larson added on Sunday night. “There are a lot of moments that stand out, a lot of heartbreak moments as well.

“We will come back next season, peel the rookie stripes off, and try and go out there and win a race and get into the Chase and do what Kevin Harvick did tonight.”

Most importantly, with Larson behind the wheel, the previously moribund No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team became a contender more often than not during the season.

Meanwhile, Dillon was able to avoid a single DNF in his rookie year in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy but could only muster one Top-5 run. He was also beaten by Larson on Top-10 finishes (Larson’s 17 to his four) and on average finish (Larson’s 14.2 to Dillon’s 17.5).

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.