Chili Bowl champ Rico Abreu finishes 13th in stock car debut (UPDATED)

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UPDATED (10:50 p.m. ET) A potential Top-10 finish by Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu in his stock car debut was scuttled late in tonight’s Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model race at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

The sprint car star and future NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitor had come from 23rd on the starting grid to run ninth with less than 15 laps left in the 100-lap event.

But according to the Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer, the rear end on Abreu’s No. 24 DLP Motorsports entry broke at Lap 87 and forced him into the pits.

He was set to be credited with a 15th-place finish. However, a pair of post-race disqualifications involving winner Dalton Sargeant and third-place finisher William Byron – two of his HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks teammates in K&N East – elevated Abreu to 13th at night’s end.

Speed51.com reports that both Sargeant and Byron’s cars were hit with left-side weight infractions. The site says Sargeant’s car went across the scales at 58.2% left side weight, while Byron’s car had a 58.3% left side weight – both beyond the tolerances set in the track rulebook. Sargeant’s Twitter account said his car’s left side weight was 58.1%.

Conflicting numbers aside, Sargeant’s penalty meant that Good was declared the new winner upon his car passing inspection. Jake Perkins, J.J. Haley, Stephen Nasse, and Tyler Dippel rounded out the Top 5.

Haley, along with Scott Heckert (finished 11th), are also Abreu’s K&N East teammates in the HScott/Marks stable.

Sargeant had made headlines earlier in the month when he was held out of the ongoing Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. He was to co-drive a Prototype Challenge entry for Performance Tech Racing, but his lack of sports car experience caused IMSA to deny him a license to race (a FoxSports.com story has more details).

Abreu and the rest of the HScott/Marks team will be back at the New Smyrna half-mile on Sunday, Feb. 15 for the K&N East season opener.

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

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Feld Entertainment, Inc.
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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.