Supercross 2019: Other Guys vs. Big 4

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The 2019 Supercross season has been a show domination by four riders against the field.

Of 75 possible top-fives, these four have scored 46 (61%). And a blanket could be thrown over the top three. Cooper Webb has earned 13 top-fives with Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac sitting at 12 apiece. Ken Roczen’s uneven season has left him with 10, but until the last few weeks he was in contention for the championship and his position among the top four in points is virtually assured.

That has left the door open (just a crack) for the “Other Guys” to sneak into the top five every week. It’s been a hard-fought battle for them, however, and only once in 15 races have more than two riders other than the Big 4 managed to finish fifth or better.

Where Supercross finds itself entering week 16 of the 17-week schedule was not apparent at the start of the year. Two of the Other Guys, Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett, won the first two races. That was it, though: The field has failed to beat the Big 4 through the rest of the season.

On three occasions the Big 4 have swept the top five, leaving room for just one other rider. Dean Wilson finished fifth overall in the Anaheim II Triple Crown event with a record of 9-8-7 in the Mains. The next week, Baggett finished third at Oakland and finally Joey Savatgy was the odd man in at Seattle with a fifth-place finish.

Nashville was the only race with three of the Other Guys among the top-five. Baggett finished second with Wilson fourth and Zach Osborne fifth.

Baggett’s status as the best of the Other Guys is manifest twofold. With eight top-five finishes, he sits just behind Roczen’s nine. Uneven results at the start of the season – most notably a 12th and 15th in Anaheim’s two races as well as a 21st in Minneapolis leaves him 28 points out of fourth in the standings.

He has also been the top rider out of the field on the most occasions. Baggett can take solace in the fact that he was best in class seven times so far this season.

The Other Guys should not expect the Big 4 to let up in the last two races because all of them are on hot streaks. Webb enters this coming weekend with a 10-race streak of top-fives that includes four wins. Tomac has a six-race streak with three wins, while Musquin also has a six-race streak with two wins. The only Big 4 rider who has lost momentum is Roczen who has only one top-five in his last four attempts.

Top 5s

Cooper Webb: 13
Marvin Musquin: 12
Eli Tomac: 12
Ken Roczen: 10
Blake Baggett: 8
Joey Savatgy: 5
Dean Wilson: 4
Justin Bogle: 2
Chad Reed: 2
Justin Barcia: 2
Jason Anderson: 1
Justin Brayton: 1
Aaron Plessinger: 1
Cole Seeley: 1
Zach Osborne: 1

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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.