WATCH: James Stewart, Travis Pastrana compete at Red Bull Straight Rhythm (NBC, 4 p.m. ET)

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With the 2015 supercross opening round just two weeks away, get revved up for the season ahead with today’s broadcast of Red Bull Straight Rhythm at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

Held earlier in the offseason, Red Bull Straight Rhythm is a one-of-a-kind event, featuring an “unwound” supercross track – a half-mile straightaway filled with rhythm sections, huge jumps, whoops and sand sections – and head-to-head racing. Two riders hit the track and race side-by-side down the course as they attempt to advance through the bracket and into the championship.

The Open Class was stocked full of big names. James Stewart – one of the fastest riders on the planet – entered as the favorite but would have to contend with the likes of his brother Malcolm Stewart, while Dean Wilson and Justin Brayton were among the riders making debuts on new bikes after switching to KTMs in the offseason.

Then there’s Travis Pastrana. The action sports icon was a national motocross champion 14 years ago but had since retired from racing to pursue other passions. Pastrana was back in action at Straight Rhythm, loading up his #199 Suzuki with horsepower. Whereas most of his competitors in the class were riding a 450cc four-stroke bike, he was mounted on a 500cc two-stroke. It’s a bike so powerful that Pastrana dubbed it the “RM-Zilla.”

Click here for a preview of what’s to come in the broadcast, then tune in to NBC today at 4 p.m. ET to see how it all played out.

Straight Rhythm is part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a progressive series of action sports events that are broadcast on NBC throughout the year.

Indy Lights: Askew wins at Gateway as Veekay’s tires wear off

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For the fourth consecutive race, Oliver Askew is an winner in Indy Lights competition, and with only four races reaming in the 2019 season, the 22-year-old Floridian is on the cusp of winning his first series championship.

After starting Saturday’s 75-lap event at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole position, Askew was quickly passed by Rinus Veekay on the first lap. However, Askew continued to follow VeeKay closely before retaking the lead on lap 53, a lead which he would not relinquish through the checkered flag.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew told NBC Sports after winning his seventh race of the season.

“I understood that from the beginning that he [VeeKay] had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out, and I knew that he was going to lose his tires at the end, and he did.

“I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

With his victory, Askew now extends his lead over VeeKay in the point standings by 52 points.

For Veekay, who held on to finish second, the fight to remain in the title race will not be an easy one.

“I’ll try everything I can but it’s been very tough,” VeeKay said. “The team and I, we’re giving it all we have. That’s all we can do.”

Daivd Malukas finished third, while Ryan Norman and and Robert Mcgennis finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Dalton Kellett took the checkered flag where he started in the sixth position, and Lucas Kohl finished the race in the seventh position.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the eighth and final position after bringing out the lone caution of the race by spinning in Turn 2 on lap 12.

Indy Lights drivers and teams will now head out to the Pacific Northwest for a double header at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for full race results 

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