Big Time Bash, Twitter takeover make for a busy Thursday for NBCSN’s Will Buxton


The Thursday of a Grand Prix weekend is always busy day, and besides all the usual work done by NBC Sports Group F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, along with producer Jason Swales, there was extra on the day’s agenda this Thursday.

Buxton’s third annual Big Time Bash from the Austin Grand Prix took place at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin, with all donations going toward Meals on Wheels – more info on the amount raised will follow at a later date.

A fantastic event that ran from 6 p.m. through to midnight featured the premiere of Road To: Mercedes, appearances from the NBC broadcast team, drivers Marcus Ericsson, Alexander Rossi and Luca Filippi, a festival of phenomenal prizes and lastly, a surprise appearance by 1978 World Champion and Circuit of the Americas ambassador Mario Andretti – who could not have been more humble and gracious with his time.

Here’s a social roundup of the evening, via Buxton’s Twitter feed, the Austin Grand Prix feed and several others on site:

Prior to the Bash, Buxton took time out of his schedule Thursday for a Twitter takeover of the @F1onNBCSports feed. Here’s his responses:


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


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 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.