Rain in forecast for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500

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Rain has been especially pesky in this spring portion of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, with the Daytona 500 and the Food City 500 at Bristol both having to deal with extended rain delays.

Unfortunately, the same fate may be in store for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET green flag, but inclement weather may make for a long day at the ‘Wild Asphalt Circus.’

NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain in the Metroplex tomorrow, while the National Weather Service has that chance pegged higher at 80 percent. Both are forecasting temperatures in the high 50s.

TMS does have a lighting system, which extends the window for NASCAR to get the full race in should there be a delay. But should the race be rained out, it would likely be moved to Monday – the same day as the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

That said, you figure TMS would run the race early on Monday morning to avoid a head-to-head conflict with the National Championship later that night.

The race had been a Saturday night event, but last fall, it was announced that it would move to a Sunday afternoon in order to accommodate the National Semifinal games going on tonight at Jerry’s World.

Monday weather forecasts for DFW retain a slight chance of rain but far less than what’s being predicted for Sunday and with temps warming up into the mid-60s.

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.