Detroit’s studs included Conway, Pagenaud, Ganassi, RLL and Castroneves

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With two races now in the books at this weekend’s doubleheader of the IZOD IndyCar Series, here’s a look through the drivers and teams who blew up the scoreboard – in either a noticeably good or noticeably bad way. The good, first, below:

  • Mike Conway, No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. Could you start with anyone else? Fresh off his father’s vegetable garden, of all places, Conway gets brought in to a car that had been something of a dog on the first four road and street races, and promptly stomps the field all weekend. One win, two podiums, two fastest race laps, two most laps led, and the adoration of a paddock and a community who saw talent on full display for three days straight.
  • Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti were consistent, lucky, and able to escape several contact attempts to each score a pair of top-10 finishes. Don’t look now, but Dixon is lurking just 20 points back of Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti in fourth place in the standings, and hasn’t won yet.
  • Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet. A consistent Helio is a good Helio, and after his qualifying struggles on Friday, two top-10 finishes kept the Brazilian in the championship lead.
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. James Jakes had his first truly emergent weekend in IndyCar, culminating with second on Sunday, but Graham Rahal added two needed top-10s. A huge bounceback weekend for Bobby Rahal’s squad after a disappointing month of May in Indy.
  • Simon Pagenaud, No. 77 HP Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports. A popular first-time winner on Sunday, Pagenaud’s team made the biggest leaps from Saturday to keep him in contention.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.