Castroneves, Pagenaud 1-2 in final practice at Pocono


The two top starters for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) were also fastest in the final half hour practice session Saturday evening at Pocono Raceway.

Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud repeated their qualifying performances, now in race simulation runs, to go first and second in final practice for Team Penske. Both topped 220 mph.

Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan – two drivers who were close to wins at Pocono last year before needing late splashes of fuel – were third and fourth with Takuma Sato, driving in one of the two ABC Supply-sponsored cars, top Honda in fifth.

Unsurprisingly Charlie Kimball was unable to get out for final practice as his Chip Ganassi Racing crew prepares the backup No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Meanwhile Marco Andretti had an apparent water leak, per Trackside Online, and was unable to set a time either.

Speeds are below.


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.