Ten with Townsend: Milwaukee and Iowa debrief


Following an intense double dip of short oval races in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, including the thrilling Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, we check in with our NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell for the latest in the MotorSportsTalk original series “Ten with Townsend.”

As written all year on MST it’s been another busy year for Townsend between commentating and sports car racing duties; he’s banked a class podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on debut as well. A series archive is linked here and as always, we thank him for his time and insights:

-What did you think of Sage Karam’s driving at Iowa? Where was your take on the Sage vs. Ed post-race debrief? Do you think Sage was in the right or wrong with his driving?

Sage was wild and careless. Unfortunately there will come a time when it bites him, or someone else…hard. BUT until then we will all want to watch him, because his current style is fearless and unrelenting. Reminds me so much of Tomas Scheckter in his early years.

I think Ed ran down there fired up but took one look at the build on the young warrior and settled for a little jaw jacking…can’t argue with his logic.

-When you’re going through a tough season, as Ryan Hunter-Reay is, what does a win do for both his and the team’s confidence?

I think it’s just huge relief. Impressive that they just kept their heads down through the tough times and stayed focus on getting things right.

-How impressed have you been with Josef Newgarden this year? Is the time right for him to jump to a bigger team, in your estimation?

I’ve known he was capable of these results from his rookie season. I’m happy he’s seeing the results now because he probably deserved a couple last year. I’m not sure CFH qualifies as a little team anymore. From what I can see, they have everything a driver could ever want to go win races. Good people, equipment, preparation, testing, etc.. I’m guessing that a big fat paycheck is the only difference at this point…

-Were you surprised Graham Rahal was able to come back twice on Iowa? You’ve been in a single-car team situation before, so how incredible is it what they’ve done this year?

Graham has been the big story all year for his fantastic race craft in all conditions.. A strong team with strong resources but one car is tough from a data collection and optimization standpoint. But at some level you have to look back on Graham’s multi-car team seasons and say “If it ain’t broke…”

-How lucky is Juan Pablo Montoya to have only lost 12 points after his first lap crash? How does he bounce back from this and not let it snowball the final three races?

He’ll be fine.. He knows it was random bad luck.. He’s probably much more concerned with maintaining thrust on one his RC jets right now.. He just flat out knows how to race….in his sleep.

-Three races to go: is it still Montoya’s title to lose or do Rahal, Dixon, Castroneves and even Power have realistic shots?

I predict Dixon and Montoya down to the last lap.. Iceman cometh…as always…

-Milwaukee and Iowa – what has been your biggest surprise?

I was surprised there weren’t more wrecks at Iowa… They were leaning on each other pretty hard at the end..Kind of like the last 20 laps at Indy.

-Who needs to put up a big performance in the last three races heading into silly season and the offseason?

Sato, Hawksworth, Pagenaud, Marco, TK, Justin Wilson, just a few that come to mind…it’s probably easier to guess who doesn’t.

-When you’re calling a race on a short oval like Milwaukee and Iowa, how do you balance covering what you need to cover when there is so much going on you can’t possibly hit all of it?

Nobody better at telling the story than Mr Diffey…I just try and keep an eye out for the detail and the developing situations…but it is busy!

-Lastly, following the PT and Seabass feature in the pre-race show, was that some good-natured ribbing you wanted to give PT in the booth afterwards? What was your take on the piece?

I was sad to see my bad-ass idol go Oprah on me. As soon as we got off air he turned to me and said “you better shut the &^%^ up or else I’m going to punch you in the face!” That’s when I knew he was the same PT everyone loves.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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