JR Todd is one Funny Car round win away from a career best

Kalitta Motorsports
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While Courtney Force has been amassing points in the NHRA Funny Car division like she belongs on an episode of Hoarders, the battle for second is intense.

Only 33 points separate second from sixth in the standings.

Trailing Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan by 21, who are tied for second in points halfway through the season, JR Todd is having a career year in fifth.

In his second season driving Funny Cars for Kalitta Motorsports, Todd has quickly become comfortable in his new role.

“The DHL team went through quite a few changes last season that included me as driver, a new crew chief, and a change with the tune up,” Todd said. “It definitely took me a period of time before I was comfortable behind the wheel and it took a while to get a handle on the tune up. This year, I am way more comfortable in the car and the consistency of the tune up has come around as well.”

The results show as much. Last year, Todd scored 18 round wins during the entire season. Halfway through 2018, he has 17 – including a round two win last week at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio over Ron Capps. In the semifinal, he fell behind eventual winner Hagan with an ET that would have beaten Force in the final round.

In fact, Todd has advanced to the semifinals in his last three races.

“I am really happy with the way our team is performing,” Todd said. “Of course we want to win every race but it’s nice to be going to the later rounds and racking up points.”

With a 250-point lead over the field, no one will catch Force before the Countdown for the Championship begins, but Todd knows that strength and consistency gives him a shot at entering the finals with one of the best opportunities to challenge.

“At this point I feel like our DHL/WIX Filters Camry is good enough to finish the regular season in second. We want to be as close to the top as possible so we can give ourselves a better shot at winning that Mello Yello championship once the countdown starts. We are surrounded by some really good cars, so we have our work cut out for us and I’m excited about it.”

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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.