Motocross season ends at Ironman Raceway

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The 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship has been decided while the 250 class is up for grabs in the 2019 season finale at Ironman Raceway.

There is a reason why Eli Tomac was focused on securing his possession of the red plate before this weekend unfolded.

The Ironman has been the final race for all five years of its existence and has only featured one repeat winner in the 450 class. Ken Roczen won two of the first three races. The last two events have gone to riders who might rightly be called dark horses with Jeffrey Herlings winning in 2017 and Justin Barcia last year.

Meanwhile, this is one of the worst tracks for Tomac. He has stood on the overall podium only once in 2016 after finishing third in both motos. He combined for a third overall.

In 2014 Tomac finished seventh overall with a 4-10. He was sixth (5-6) in 2017 and fourth (2-9) last year.

The 250 class has also had only one repeat winner in five races. That did not come until last year when Aaron Plessinger backed up his 2015 win. And as with the championship leader in the 450 class, Adam Cianciarulo has not won this race yet.

Plessinger will make his first 450 class start of the season this week.

Cianciarulo came close in 2017, however, with his second-place finish and a 2-2 in the motos. That give him a distinct psychological advantage over Dylan Ferrandis who finished seventh overall last year with a 10-4.

For several riders in both classes, this is their last chance to make an impression before a long offseason. That can be a double-edge sword as they fight for every position on the track – including some of those needed by the title contenders.

MORE: Eli Tomac’s near perfect season ended perfectly

Schedule:

Qualifiers: 9:15 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold
Race: Live, 12 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, Moto 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, (Moto 2, re-airs at 10 p.m. on NBC).

August 17 – 2019; Budds Creek

450: Eli Tomac (1-1) won over Jason Anderson (4-2) and Marvin Musquin (4-4)
250: Shane McElrath (1-1) won over Adam Cianciarulo (2-5) and Justin Cooper (6-2)

August 28 – 2018; Ironman 

450: Justin Barcia (1-1) won over Ken Roczen (3-2) and Marvin Musquin (4-3)
250: Aaron Plessinger (1-1) won over RJ Hampshire (4-3) and Chase Sexton (2-6)

Overall Wins

450:
[5] Eli Tomac (Pala, High Point, RedBud, Washougal, Budds Creek)
[3] Ken Roczen (Hangtown, Thunder Valley, Unadilla)
[2] Marvin Musquin (WW Ranch, Southwick)
[1] Cooper Webb (Spring Creek)

250:
[6] Adam Cianciarulo (Hangtown, Pala, Thunder Valley, High Point, Southwick, Spring Creek)
[3] Dylan Ferrandis (RedBud, Washougal, Unadilla)
[1] Justin Cooper (WW Ranch)
[1] Shane McElrath

Moto Wins

450:
[10] Eli Tomac (Hangtown II, Pala I & II, Thunder Valley II, WW Ranch I, RedBud I, Washougal I & II, Budds Creek I & II)
[5] Ken Roczen (Hangtown I, Thunder Valley I, High Point II, Unadilla I & II)
[3] Marvin Musquin (WW Ranch I, Southwick I, RedBud II)
[2] Cooper Webb (Spring Creek I & II)
[1] Blake Baggett (High Point I)
[1] Zach Osborne (Southwick II)

250:
[7] Adam Cianciarulo (Hangtown II, Pala II, Thunder Valley II, High Point II, Southwick I, Spring Creek II, Unadilla II)
[7] Dylan Ferrandis (WW Ranch II, Southwick II, RedBud I & II, Washougal I & II, Unadilla I)
[3] Justin Cooper (Hangtown I, Pala I, Thunder Valley I)
[2] Hunter Lawrence (High Point I, Spring Creek II)
[2] Shane McElrath (Budds Creek I & II)
[1] Chase Sexton (WW Ranch I)

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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change