Cooper Webb wins Wednesday again; Eli Tomac on brink of championship

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Wednesday nights in Supercross still belong to Cooper Webb, but it seems extremely likely that the 2020 season championship will be the property of Eli Tomac.

Webb completed a sweep of the three-race Wednesday night program at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, leading the final seven laps in Round 16 after passing Zach Osborne for first place.

But with his fourth victory, Webb still trails by 24 points in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross standings entering Sunday’s finale after Tomac staged an impressive rally to finish second Wednesday. Osborne was third.

RESULTS, POINTS: Postrace statistics from Round 16 in Supercross

“I’m looking forward to Sunday,” Tomac told NBCSN after his seventh consecutive podium finish.

Eli Tomac has finished on the podium in seven consecutive races (Feld Entertainment, Inc.).

Though he could have clinched the title with a victory Wednesday, Tomac will carry a virtually insurmountable lead into Sunday’s season finale as long as he qualifies for the main event.

Tomac got buried by a poor start and was last entering the first corner. He climbed to 12th of 22 riders after the first lap and was in the top five by the midpoint. With about 7 minutes remaining, he passed Ken Roczen for third and set his sights on Webb and Osborne.

“I felt better on this track today for making passes,” Tomac told NBCSN. “I was pushing hard, hard as I could. Caught the front pack and once Cooper made the pass past Zach, it seemed like he stepped it up. I did everything I could. Couldn’t quite get there. Really good day for us.”

Webb has eight consecutive podium finishes since he placed 12 in a hard crash at Arlington, Texas.

“I was just hitting my marks and trying to see where I could be better,” the defending series champion told NBCSN. “We were all really close on speed. Not a lot separated us. I fixed the whoops halfway, that was holding me back, and I started hitting them really well.”

Webb, Roczen and Tomac, the three contenders for the championship entering Wednesday, had strong battles for position throughout the 29-lap race.

“I had a lot of pressure from Kenny,” Webb said. “He was all over me at the beginning. Zach rode great out front. Saw Eli get behind me, I knew I had to make a pass.

“Great night. Great to get another win. Incredible when you can win these things. That was a tight race between us the whole time. It seemed like a lot of pressure between us all, and it was like we weren’t making many mistakes. I’m sure it was a fun race for the fans to watch and a fun race to win as well.”

Ken Roczen finished fourth and fell out of title contention (Feld Entertainment, Inc.).

Roczen, who was coming off a Round 15 victory Sunday, finished fourth and dropped a spot to third in the standings. With a 30-point deficit to Tomac, Roczen was eliminated from contention.

In the 250 East division, Chase Sexton aggressively seized command of the points race with his fourth victory of the season, moving championship rival Shane McElrath out of first and leading the final 18 laps. Heading into Sunday’s East-West Showdown, Sexton has a six-point lead on McElrath, who finished second.

“I didn’t want a do-over of the first race here,” Sexton told NBCSN, referring to McElrath’s victory in Round 1. “I kind of followed him. Once you follow, you lose your pace. I didn’t want that to happen, because I felt like I had a really good flow tonight. So I made it early and knew I was fast in that rhythm section. I didn’t want to be too dirty, but I didn’t want him to have a chance to get back at me in the next corner, so I had to put him to a stop.

“Overall I felt really good out there. It was a super fun race. Lappers were the hardest part was trying to figure out a way around them.”

Though Sexton’s Honda made contact with McElrath’s Yamaha by shoving his Honda through on the inside line, the runner-up wasn’t upset with the move.

“It’s go time,” McElrath told NBCSN. “That was a good race. I felt like I pushed hard and rode good. Chase just had a little bit of an edge on me. I had too many mistakes. It’s a little disappointing with second. Chase was on it. It was a fair pass. It’s do or die for the Showdown. I’ll be ready.”

Chase Sexton scored his fourth victory Wednesday to take a six-point lead into the finale (Feld Entertainment, Inc.).

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi