Supercross Preview: Pressure builds heading into Nashville Supercross

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Marvin Musquin is applying pressure and Cooper Webb is feeling it heading into Round 14 of the 2019 Supercross season.

When Webb took the red plate early in the season, the first question was whether he could maintain his composure until the end of the year. He answered that with victories and podiums every week, even in events where he struggled in timed qualification.

Even when Webb stumbled and finished off the podium with a fourth at Seattle, he failed to lose points because his closest championship rival, Musquin, was penalized for failing to roll safely through a crash site where medical attention was being administered.

Musquin’s back-to-back wins at Indianapolis and Seattle put pressure on Webb, however, which was noticeable by the aggressive way he treated his teammate at Houston. Webb won the day, but Musquin (2nd in points, -17) is determined that the war isn’t over.

Eli Tomac (3rd in points, -26) and Ken Roczen (4th in points, -36) are hoping the two KTM factory riders get so focused on one another that they make a mistake which turns this two-man battle into something more.

Now the series rolls into a new market for an inaugural race. Long straights and big jumps will play into Webb’s favor. If he gets off to a slow start, which he has on several occasions this season, he has ample space to make up ground.

After two weeks off, the 250 East riders will be back in action and the question on everyone’s mind in that division is whether anyone can beat Austin Forkner. With the exception of the first East/West Showdown in Atlanta, he’s won every race – and in that event, he was the top-finishing East rider.  A precedent has been set as Dylan Ferrandis has finally been able to cut into Adam Cianciarulo’s lead in the West.

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Schedule:

Qualifying: 1 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold
Race: Live, 8 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold and NBCSN

Last Week:

Cooper Webb swept the podium in three Mains last week at Houston to take his sixth win of the year over Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson.
In 250s, Dylan Ferrandis made it back-to-back wins over RJ Hampshire and Colt Nichols.

Last Year:

This will be the inaugural race in Nashville.

Winners

450s:
[6] Cooper Webb (Anaheim II, Oakland, Minneapolis, Arlington, Atlanta, and Houston)
[3] Eli Tomac (San Diego, Detroit and Daytona)
[2] Marvin Musquin (Indianapolis and Seattle)
[1] Justin Barcia (Anaheim I)
[1] Blake Baggett (Glendale)

250 West:
[4] Adam Cianciarulo (Glendale, Oakland, San Diego and Atlanta)
[2] Dylan Ferrandis (Seattle and Houston)
[1] Colt Nichols (Anaheim I)
[1] Shane McElrath (Anaheim II)

250 East:
[5] Austin Forkner (Minneapolis, Arlington, Detroit, Daytona and Indianapolis)

Top-5s

450s:
Marvin Musquin (11)
Cooper Webb (11)
Ken Roczen (10)
Eli Tomac (10)
Blake Baggett (7)
Joey Savatgy (4)
Dean Wilson (3)
Chad Reed (2)
Justin Barcia (2)
Jason Anderson (1)
Justin Bogle (1)
Justin Brayton (1)
Aaron Plessinger (1)
Cole Seely (1)

250 West:
Adam Cianciarulo (8)
Dylan Ferrandis (6)
Shane McElrath (5)
Colt Nichols (5)
RJ Hampshire (4)
James Decotis (4)
Jacob Hayes (1)
Garrett Marchbanks (1)
Jess Pettis (1)
Michael Mosiman (1)
Chris Blose (1)

250 East:
Austin Forkner (6)
Justin Cooper (6)
Chase Sexton (6)
Jordon Smith (3)
Martin Davalos (3)
Alex Martin (2)
Mitchell Oldenburg (2)

Points Leaders

450s:
Cooper Webb (288)
Marvin Musquin (271)
Eli Tomac (262)
Ken Roczen (252)
Blake Baggett (215)

250 West:
Adam Cianciarulo (182)
Dylan Ferrandis (177)
Colt Nichols (142)
RJ Hampshire (126)
Shane McElrath (123)

250 East:
Austin Forkner (151)
Chase Sexton (125)
Justin Cooper (123)
Alex Martin (92)
Martin Davalos (89)

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.