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Chase Sexton returns, joining Joey Crown, Michael Mosiman and the field

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Following three weeks of frustration, Chase Sexton will return to action when the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series fire up the bikes at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn. this weekend.

Crediting a new regimen of vitamins and supplements, Sexton announced on Instagram this week that he was feeling much better despite some serious problems with his most recent blood panel.

Sexton’s trouble began at WW Ranch in Jacksonville, Fla., where he experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

After winning his first moto of the season, he was unable to complete the second race because of an overheating condition. He pulled off the course almost immediately and finished 39th. Weather conditions left many riders severely overheated that afternoon.

But the following week at Southwick, Sexton did not feel much better. He managed to complete Moto 1, but was only 13th. He would not even start the second race and was scored with an overall finish of 18th.

Sexton chose to completely miss last week’s race at RedBud, meaning he has failed to score points in four of the last six motos.

Entering WW Ranch, the Supercross East champion Sexton was fourth in the points standings on the strength of four consecutive top-five finishes. Sexton currently sits eighth in the standings, five points behind Michael Mosiman who missed Southwick due to a shoulder injury.

After missing one week with a shoulder injury suffered in a practice crash, Mosiman returned to action last week at RedBud and immediately scored another top-10 overall. Finishing 10th in Moto 1 and seventh in Moto 2.

Crashing twice in the first race, Mosiman was nevertheless able to climb back into the top 10. He offered “No excuses (for the) second moto,” and finished seventh.

Mosiman currently sits seventh in the points with one podium finish of third at Thunder Valley and another fourth at WW Ranch.

Joey Crown’s 2019 debut on the 250 Yamaha was highly anticipated, but ultimately disappointing.

He started the first moto with a lot of speed. Running in the top five before the end of Lap 1, it appeared Crown would have a good race until a problem with his foot peg sent the rider to the mechanic’s area.

In Moto 2, Crown barely finished inside the points with a 17th. The combined effort was worth 22nd overall.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.