Nitrocross Phoenix Preview: Group E

November 10, 2023Joe Moore

The 2023-24 Nitrocross season continues this weekend with Nitrocross Pheonix. Find out everything you need to know below.

Championship Standings 

Kevin Eriksson leads the Group E championship standings heading into Nitrocross Phoenix. Eriksson currently sits 31 points ahead of reigning champion Robin Larsson. Last year’s runner-up Andreas Bakkerud sits third, just three points behind his teammate. Fraser McConnell and Travis Pastrana sit tied for fourth in the championship. With both drivers sitting 24 points behind Bakkerud. Conner Martell rounds out the top five in the championship. With Martell currently sitting 6 points behind Pastrana and McConnell.

Needing A Bounce Back

Fraser McConnell had a disappointing Nitrocross Utah. Failing to make the final in the first round of the weekend. McConnell did have a better second half. Finishing fourth overall. However, McConnell needs to have a decent showing this weekend if he wants to stay a strong competitor in the championship. As does every other driver.

Looking For His First

Kevin Eriksson leads the Group E Championship standings heading into Nitrocross Phoenix. However, the Swede has yet to win an event this season. He has podiumed at every event. However, it’s unlikely Eriksson will be able to keep the championship lead for long if he goes without a win soon. Phoenix may be the perfect place for Eriksson to take his first, and potentially second of the season. 

No XITE Energy 

XITE Energy will be absent from Nitrocross Phoenix. This comes after Oliver Bennett was forced out of the event due to a back injury. Kris Meeke is also absent from Nitrocross once again this weekend. The reason for Meeke’s absence is currently unknown. Tanner Foust filled in for Meeke last time out in Utah. However, with Bennett backing out just a week before the events start, XITE had no time to line up a new driver. Effectively this weekend seals the deal on Bennett’s championship chances along with XITE’s chance at a team championship.