Jeff Gordon hopes back problems maintain status quo in 2015


While he keeps looking forward towards the 2015 Sprint Cup season, Jeff Gordon can’t help but look back, as well.

As in Gordon’s long-troubled back, that is.

In a wide-ranging interview this week, Gordon talked about a number of things, including the ongoing issue he’s had with back spasms over the last several years.

For now, things are okay, the 43-year-old Gordon said, in a story posted by the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Now if they can only stay that way.

“Nothing has changed since last year,” Gordon said. “It’s an ongoing process for me to maintain it.

“It’s not something I’m just going to fix. It’s not something I can do and all of a sudden my back will be healed.

“Other than what happened at Charlotte (last May), it didn’t hinder me or my performance throughout the whole 2014 season.”

As he prepares for his 23rd Sprint Cup season, the four-time Sprint Cup champion is obviously hoping that his back woes don’t flare up in 2015.

Gordon has said in the past that if there would ever be a primary cause that might force him to retire prematurely, it would be his back, something he suggested prior to last season.

However, Gordon and his back are at a point where he’s able to endure things during a race, and then recuperate during the days afterward.

“I never had any intentions of (retiring after the 2014 season),” Gordon said during last month’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards week in Las Vegas. “I love the sport. Love being competitive.

“I had a health scare in my back in May but was able to pull it back together and not have to miss that race. … The back doesn’t affect me in the car. It hurts afterward and during the week.”

Among other topics Gordon also discussed in the interview:

* What the Daytona 500 means to him: “The Daytona 500 not only is the most prestigious race we have, the history and all those things that are so obvious, (but) there’s something unique about that race day. We build up to it. It’s different than any other race we have.

“There’s electricity in the air. It has the biggest pre-race show. There are thousands of fans, and you see executives and celebrities. You can just tell this is a different thing. All that tells you how important it is to be at your best and do everything you can to win that race, because it is the biggest race you will ever win.

“For me, even though I’ve won it three times, I feel like it’s only gotten harder. Each year that goes by that you don’t win it … and the rules have changed, the aerodynamics have changed … to me it’s not only the most prestigious race, but it’s also the most difficult to win.”

* Looking back at the first year of the Chase elimination format: “Even though we weren’t in that final four, I feel we did just about everything we had to do to have an excellent shot at winning the championship.

“The only thing that would have stopped us from winning that championship, even if we had made it into that final round, was Kevin Harvick. Those guys were spectacular. Not just all year long, but at the end of the season when it really mattered.

“Those guys had a way of stepping it up and taking it to the next level. While we were really strong, I can’t say we found that little extra bit of added performance like Kevin and his team did.”

Contributing: Nate Ryan

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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.