Today’s Supercross Round 17 finale in Salt Lake City: Start times, TV, info

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After entering on top with a perceived edge at elevation and the points lead, Eli Tomac has a good chance today to leave Salt Lake City, Utah, on top, too.

Tomac brings a 24-point edge on Cooper Webb and a streak of seven consecutive 450 podiums into Rice-Eccles Stadium for the 17th and final round of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season.

Tomac, a Colorado native who was raised in and trains at higher elevations, seems an overwhelming favorite to win his first Supercross championship.

Webb, who has eight consecutive podiums and three victories in Salt Lake City, is the only other title contender after Ken Roczen was eliminated in Round 16.

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In the 250 class, Chase Sexton (East) and Dylan Ferrandis (West) enter the full division showdown with slight leads. Sexton is three points ahead of Shane McElrath, and Ferrandis has a seven-point lead on Austin Forkner.

Here are the pertinent details for watching today:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE:  TV coverage of Round 17 will begin today at 3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and move to NBC from 4-6 p.m. ET. The event also will be streamed on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, and NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross Pass.

SCHEDULE:

3:04 p.m: 250SX East Heat – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
3:18 p.m.: 250SX West Heat – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
3:47 p.m.: 250SX E/W Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
4:02 p.m.: 450SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
4:16 p.m.: 450SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
4:44 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
4:58 p.m.: 250SX  East/West Showdown Main Event – 15 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
5:28 p.m.: 450SX Main Event – 20 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders

TRACK LAYOUT: Though all seven races are being held at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the course will be changed for each event. Here’s a rendering of the Round 17 layout from @SupercrossLIVE:

WEATHER: Weather Underground forecasts temperatures around 82 degrees at race time under partly sunny skies.

FORMAT: The season finale will feature an East/West Showdown in the 250SX class.

    • 450SX Class – 40 Riders based on current point standings and 2020 top 100 number or combined season qualifying results
    • 250SX Class – 40 Riders based on current point standings and 2020 top 100 number or combined season qualifying results
    • Two qualifying sessions will be held for gate pick
    • 250SX Class – Two Heat Races and a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
    • 450SX Class – Two Heat Races and a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
    • 250SX Class Main Event
    • 450SX Class Main Event

ROUND 16 RECAP: Cooper Webb remained perfect on Wednesday nights at Rice-Eccles Stadium while Eli Tomac closed in on his first 450 championship. Click here for details.

STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 16: 450 points | 250 West points | 250 East points

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Kyle Larson’s ASCOC win streak ends on wild crash in South Dakota

Kyle Larson crash
Trent Gower
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The record winning streak of Kyle Larson in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions came to a jarring halt Sunday night with a wild crash in a heat race.

On the third lap of the second heat race at Huset Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota, Larson got high entering Turn 1 and slammed the wall. His No. 57, which had won the past seven races in the ASCOC (and its previous eight starts in the series), flipped multiple times before coming to a stop upside down on the dirt.

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Larson reportedly was OK after the crash, but his car was too damaged to continue, causing the driver to miss the main event. Cory Eliason scored his first ASCOC victory this season (and $20,000) by winning the 35-lap A main over Kerry Madsen before a capacity crowd.

 

The crash came while Kyle Larson was running last. He had rejoined the heat race after suffering a flat right rear tire a few minutes earlier in contact with the frontstretch wall on the second lap.

It was a disappointing end to a night that started with promise for Larson, who had set the fastest lap in time trials. It also snapped a run in which he was unbeaten from July 10 through Aug. 1 in the 410 winged sprint car circuit owned by Tony Stewart that started in 1970. Larson had 23 victories in his previous 37 starts on dirt since the beginning of June in sprint cars and USAC midget events.

He will have to wait a while to start his next streak in the ASCOC, which will take two weeks off before returning Aug. 21 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

The dirt racing world will spend the next two weekends at Knoxville Raceway, which postponed its annual Knoxville Nationals but still will be playing host to a 360 Nationals event Aug. 6-8 from World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series on Aug. 13-15.