Dylan Kwasniewski looks to rebound from 2014 struggles, even with only a part-time ride in 2015

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Dylan Kwasniewski’s first season in the then-Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series didn’t exactly go the way he likely expected.

The Las Vegas native came into the series as a highly touted graduate of the NASCAR Next program, in addition to being the star of a much-hyped, made-for-digital reality series that chronicled his life and racing career.

But Kwasniewski’s bid for a great year, including his attempt to win NNS Rookie of the Year honors, fell far short:

* He started all 33 NNS races, had zero wins and zero top-five finishes, and just three top-10 finishes.

* His best showing was eighth in both the season opener at Daytona and also on the road course at Mid-Ohio. He was also ninth in a race at Iowa Speedway.

* He also had four DNFs, an average per-race finish of 17.7 and finished on the lead lap less than half the time (16 out of 33 races).

By the end of the season, Kwasniewski finished 11th in the final standings. It was a first effort, but not necessarily a great first effort, either, he recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ).

“(Last season) definitely taught me a lot, very humbling, for sure,” Kwasniewski said. “Next year (2015) is what we’ve been looking forward to. We treated last year as a learning year, and now we can go out there and compete and try to get really good finishes.”

After racing for Turner Scott Motorsports in 2014, Kwasniewski has joined a brand new team for 2015, HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi. HScott is Harry Scott Jr., former co-owner of TSM.

For now, it’s a one-car operation, but unfortunately for Kwasniewski, it’ll be a two-driver team.

In other words, he’ll be sharing the No. 42 Chevrolet with reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year, Kyle Larson.

As of now, it’s unclear how many races each driver will be behind the wheel. But Kwasniewski is taking it all in stride.

“It’s still a lot of races,” Kwasniewski told the LVRJ. “I think we’re going to have better results. You’re running up front with the guys you’re going to race for the rest of your life. I think that’s better than running midpack.

“We’re going to show up to win every race. That will benefit me more and show people that I have talent more than running in the middle of the pack for the rest of the year.

“Even though it’s less races, I think it’s going to be a good deal.”

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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.