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Hangtown Motocross Preview: Reset the clock

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Midnight has struck with Cooper Webb standing at the top of the staircase. It was a remarkable season for the Monster Energy Supercross champion that began with him only casually mentioned as a contender, continued on past his first 450 victory – and finally ended during a week when practically all he needed to do was start to clinch the title.

And do you know what? It doesn’t mean a thing now. The clock resets for the first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship round of the year – the Hangtown Motocross Classic, in Rancho Cordova, California.

The sport’s top riders are out of the confines of stadiums and ready to meander through nature for the outdoor season. And that, folks, has been Eli Tomac’s turf for the past two years.

Coming off back to back 450MX championships, Tomac dominated the start of the 2017 and 2018 motocross seasons. He’s won the opening round in each of the past two years, and last year, he rattled off five consecutive wins after ending the Supercross season in much the same fashion as he did this year.

Marvin Musquin managed to keep Tomac in sight for most of the 2018 season and lost the battle by 16 points after ending the year with eight consecutive podium finishes. Tomac’s eight wins in 12 rounds did not allow much room for another winner, but Musquin took Southwick, Red Bud and Unadilla in the closing rounds.

Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia ended last year third and fourth in the standings with only one point between them, so the battle is going to be strong throughout the field.

Blake Baggett rounded out the top five, with Cooper Webb a distant ninth. Then again, Webb did not have the momentum of a national championship pushing him out of the gate. Now that he’s learned to win, it will be difficult to count him out.

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Schedule:

Qualifiers: 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold
Race: Live, 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold (Moto 1) and 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN (Moto 2)

May 4 – 2019 Supercross season finale

450SX: Eli Tomac won the Supercross season finale over Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb.
250SX: Dylan Ferrandis beat RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo in the final East/West Shootout of the year.

2018 – Hangtown MX Classic

450MX: Eli Tomac got the season started right with a win over Marvin Musquin and Justin Barcia. Tomac won both Motos en route to the overall victory.
250MX: Zach Osborne won both Motos to beat Jeremy Martin (second in both) and Aaron Plessinger.

SX Winners

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

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

250 East:
[5] Austin Forkner (Minneapolis, Arlington, Detroit, Daytona and Indianapolis)
[1] Chase Sexton (East Rutherford)
[1] Martin Davalos (Nashville)

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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.