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Early season success is on the line for Supercross at St. Louis

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Early season success is on the line as the Monster Energy Supercross series heads east for their first trip to St. Louis and the Dome at America’s Center in two years. Surprise winners in both the 450 and 250 class looking to build on their momentum. Meanwhile, two of the riders who took the 2019 points’ battle to the bitter end need a strong showing to overcome their deficit.

Last year Justin Barcia entered Week 2 of the Supercross season with the points’ lead and finished sixth at Glendale. If he wants to stay in contention for the 2020 title, he is going to have to ride well this week and threaten for a podium or his season may start to unravel once more.

Finishing sixth and seventh last week Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac cannot afford to give up points in back to back weeks. They need to challenge for the podium as well.

The 2019 champion Cooper Webb and the remarkable rookie Adam Cianciarulo also look to sustain momentum. Unfortunately, there are only three steps to the podium.

Cianciarulo has had an impressive two races leading up to St. Louis. He shocked the field with his Monster Energy Cup win at Las Vegas during the offseason and came up just a few minutes short of winning his first official 450 race last week. That would have made him only the third rider in history to win his first attempt. He finished second

Third-place Webb had his best Anaheim 1 race of his career.

Adam Enticknap did not line up for last week’s LCQ and will miss Round 2 with a wrist injury. He is expected to return for Week 3 as the series returns to Anaheim. Max Anstie remains out with an ankle injury.

In 250s, Austin Forkner has something to prove. He threw away his chance to win the opener by jumping wide right into the Tuff Blox and lost two positions to penalty after cutting the track. He will not be too pleased by the fact that an early altercation with Justin Cooper saw that rider recover for the victory.

Michael Mosiman is expecting a magical year and he got off to a strong start with his fourth-place finish, but he knows he needs to ride better in order to challenge the 250 West superstars.

Schedule:

Qualifying: 2:00 pm on NBC Sports Gold
Race: 8:00 on NBCSN, or stream live by clicking here

Last Week:

Justin Barcia beat Adam Cianciarulo and Cooper Webb in the 450 class.
Justin Cooper beat Dylan Ferrandis and Christian Craig in the 250 class.

Last St. Louis race (March, 2018):

Eli Tomac beat Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin in the 450 class.
Zach Osborne beat Jeremy Martin and Jordan Smith in the 250 class.

Points Leaders

450s:
Justin Barcia (26)
Adam Cianciarulo (23)
Cooper Webb (21)
Blake Baggett (19)
Jason Anderson (18)

250 West:
Justin Cooper (26)
Dylan Ferrandis (23)
Christian Craig (21)
Michael Mosiman (19)
Austin Forkner (18)

Wins

450

(1) Justin Barcia (Anaheim 1)

250 West

(1) Justin Cooper (Anaheim 1)

Top-5s

450

(1) Justin Barcia
(1) Adam Cianciarulo
(1) Cooper Webb
(1) Blake Baggett
(1) Jason Anderson

250 West

(1) Justin Cooper
(1) Dylan Ferrandis
(1) Christian Craig
(1) Michael Mosiman
(1) Austin Forkner

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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.

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.