NASCAR: Erik Jones fastest in first of three Truck practices today at Loudon

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A busy Friday for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has begun with Erik Jones claiming top honors in this morning’s first practice session.

Jones, driving the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, ran the fastest lap around the “Magic Mile” in the session at 131.925 mph.

This weekend marks Jones’ first trip to New Hampshire, but there is some degree of familiarity for him nonetheless. He’s driving the same Truck chassis that he won in earlier this season at Iowa Speedway.

“[NHMS is] similar to a lot of the tracks I’ve raced at coming up in the short track world,” Jones said earlier this week. “We went to the Milwaukee Mile earlier this year with KBM’s late model team and we were able to get a win on a similar track.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to take a little bit of what we learned from that race and it will be able to help me out with what I’m looking for in the truck this weekend.”

Jones’ hot lap this morning knocked off defending Truck Series champion/current points leader Matt Crafton’s lap at 131.035 mph in the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra.

16-year-old racer Cole Custer led the Chevrolets by placing third at 131.031 mph in the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevy Silverado. Another Chevy driver, Joey Coulter, was fourth-fastest (130.999 mph), and Ryan Blaney (130.864 mph) rounded out the Top 5 in his Ford.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters, German Quiroga, and Cameron Hayley made up positions 6-10.

Two more Truck practices will take place this afternoon from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET, and again from 3-4:25 p.m. ET.

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.