Kyle Larson on future, World of Outlaws: ‘They’ve stuck behind me. That means a lot.’

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Kyle Larson said he has no firm plans for where he’ll race the rest of the 2020 season, saying in a World of Outlaws release Tuesday he will “pick and choose” the races that make the most sense and will focus on sprint cars.

He also said in an MRN Winged Nation interview Tuesday that he has the next four racing weekends mapped out, but “past the next four weeks, I don’t know what races are even planned in the world right now. We just plan on hitting whenever races make the most sense to us.”

Larson, who was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing last month for using a racial slur in an iRacing event, said he plans to run several more NOS Energy Sprint Car Series after winning and finishing second on consecutive nights last week in Pevely, Missouri.

He also set a track qualifying record as the first Outlaws drivers in 33 years to crack the 10-second barrier at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

“I love racing with the World of Outlaws,” Larson, whose nine Outlaws wins rank him 44th on the all-time list, said in the interview with the Outlaws PR staff. “They’ve stuck behind me, too, throughout this. That means a lot. I always want to support them, especially with them sticking behind me.

“I can’t wait to get my journey started and see where my future goes.”

Larson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR but was approved to race by the Outlaws after completing sensitivity training. Kyle Larson Racing has been competing in the World of Outlaws since 2013.

The release mentioned that Larson, his wife, Katelyn, and their two children had been hanging out with Clint Bowyer and his family in Lake Ozark, Missouri (Larson will be racing when the Outlaws race May 29-30 at Lake Ozark Speedway).

There was no other mention in the release of future NASCAR races, however, for Larson, who said he had received thousands of congratulatory messages since his victory.

During a Tuesday interview with Motor Racing Network’s Winged Nation, Larson said he did want to race in the NASCAR Cup Series again. Larson told MRN hosts Erin Evernham and Steve Post that he had mapped out his races for the next four weeks.

“I’m just happy to be racing race cars right now,” he said. “It’s been weird watching the NASCAR stuff on TV, but I also hope that I’ll still be able to have another opportunity to race in Cup someday, so taking this time to watch and still study and stay relevant in my own mind. That way whenever an opportunity comes up, I’ll be ready to take full advantage of that opportunity and do a good job.”

Larson also credited the support of the sprint car drivers and fans with helping him manage.

“It’s been nice to hang out with my friends in the sprint car world just because a lot of drivers in the sprint car racing community are some of my best friends,” he said in the Winged Nation interview. “Getting to race with them and getting to hang out in the pit area or at the hotels or whatever has been a lot of fun. It seems like life is getting back to normal, and I’m enjoying it and enjoying traveling. We made our first long road trip as a family from Mooresville to Missouri this week, so that was fun. Just getting to do things we haven’t done in a long time

“It’s meant the world to me (to have fans’ support). Obviously, I’ve gone through a lot here lately and lost a lot of my partners, which I fully understand. But the ones who’ve stuck me, it just means the world to have that support from people and fans and friends and family.

“That’s what has really helped me get by and stay positive through this all. It’s been life-changing, no doubt. But the support of everybody has really helped get me by and Katelyn, and the kids don’t know what’s going on, but still just getting that support from everybody helps me stay strong and be a dad still. It’s tough, but the support. … It’s hard to be positive, but the support really helps.

Kyle Larson celebrates after winning at I-55 Raceway (Trent Gower).

Larson said he cried and was choked up upon returning to his team hauler after the record qualifying lap in Pevely and seemed happy to have found solace in dirt racing.

“It’s definitely something I love,” Larson said in the Outlaws release. “I really just love racing cars in general. I’m just happy I can still get out here and have some fun and be around my close friends.”

“It’s just been a crazy, rough handful of weeks. So, any small accomplishment like (the qualifying record) means a lot.”

Larson also heavily credited Paul Silva, who has provided the No. 57 he has raced in three starts since his return and also tunes the car.

“Just really proud of Paul and everyone who helps out on his team,” Larson said. “Everyone who has stuck behind us after my mistake there. It means a lot. I’m having a blast. Trying to have as much fun as I can anyways. Trying to keep my mind off things. To turn it around here now, it gives us confidence for sure.”

The win in Pevely, Missouri, was Kyle Larson’s ninth in the World of Outlaws (Trent Gower).

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.