World of Outlaws Sprint Cars return for California spring swing after three years

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After three years of interruption because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the World of Outlaws returns California for the spring swing. Action kicks off Friday night, March 11 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. for the first of two nights on that track.

After three nights in Florida, a long hiatus until two nights in Texas, the next six races will be contested in California on five tracks. In five races so far in 2022, four drivers have graced Victory Lane with Sheldon Haudenschild as the only one to score multiple wins. Those came in the second night of racing at Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, Florida and on the first night of the Texas Two Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas.

And while series regulars have dominated the first five races, California provides a unique opportunity for local drivers to take some of the victories. Last week, Texas native Sam Hafertepe, Jr. led most of the second night at Cotton Bowl before getting passed in heavy traffic by Carson Macedo with only a couple of laps remaining.

Over the next two weeks, several California natives will be considered major contenders for the win, including NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, Outlaws Rico Abreau, Giovanni Scelzi, Shane Golobic and Cory Eliason. Larson has 25 Outlaw wins to his credit, including his last appearance at Thunderbowl in 2013 when he won over his brother-in-law, 2021 champion Brad Sweet.

In addition, interloping Outlaws Dominic Scelzi, Mitchell Faccinto and Chase Johnson will provide local color. Scelzi in particular should be watched closely because he won six races last year at Thunderbowl and has extra incentive to run well this week since he will be battling head-to-head with his brother, Giovanni.

Other notables who want to be on hand for the first World of Outlaws California spring swing in three years include Tyler Courtney, (who will campaign the No. 57 that Paul Silva wrenched to many of Larson’s wins), Kerry Madsen, (who will also face off against his brother Ian Madsen), and Austin McCarl.

After leaving Thunderbowl, the series heads to Merced (Calif.) Speedway on March 18, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. March 19, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on March 25 and Perris (Calif.) Speedway on March 26.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

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The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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