Keselowski, Biffle back on track after early wreck (VIDEO)

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Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle have both returned to the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway after being caught in a multi-car incident that brought out the red flag at Lap 49.

Keselowski was running tenth at that point when Kurt Busch moved from the apron to the banked tri-oval, sliding into Keselowski and spinning him out. The No. 2 Penske Racing Ford skidded along before sliding up the track in Turn 1, where it was hit from behind by Greg Biffle in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

Keselowski and Biffle were running 36th and 38th respectively at Lap 200 of today’s race, each of them more than 100 laps down. On Lap 182, Keselowski was hit with a speeding penalty on pit road, adding to his trying day at a track where he won one year ago.

Before returning to action, Keselowski said he was trying to be “patient” leading up to the wreck with Biffle.

“We were trying to get patient, because it looked like we will get the whole race in before rain and there is no reason to drive like an animal,” he said. “Apparently, I am the only one that got that memo. It is one of those deals.”

Kurt Busch apologized for triggering the incident, but while Keselowski felt there was no malice on the Furniture Row Racing driver’s part, he believed there was no reason for him to be on the apron in the first place.

“I am still wrecked, so I don’t know,” Keselowski responded when asked about whether or not the apology affected his view on the matter. “He is smarter than that. He knows better than that.”

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.