Heavy rain, storms force cancellation of both Camping World Truck Series practices Thursday at Charlotte


From three to one – and even that may not be a guarantee.

Such was the case for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which had both of Thursday’s practices cancelled when heavy rain and storms inundated the Charlotte, N.C. area.

The two sessions were slated to go from 4 to 6 pm ET, and from 7 to 8 pm ET, in preparation for Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

But with a total washout, there will now only be one practice session remaining: Friday morning from 10 a.m. to Noon ET, which has been expanded from one to two hours as a result.

Weather permitting, of course.

Pole qualifying for Friday night’s race (8:30 p.m. ET start) will take place less than three hours before the green flag, at 5:40 p.m. ET.

Friday’s race will be only the fourth of the season in the Trucks series. Matt Crafton, who won last year’s championship, leads this season’s points standings by eight points over Timothy Peters and four-time Trucks champ Ron Hornaday Jr., who are tied for second.

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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.