Race Previews: Pro Motocross heads west to Washougal

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Four weeks remain in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season as the riders head to the West Coast and Washougal MX Park.

Last week in Minnesota at Spring Creek, Eli Tomac kept his perfect record of podium finishes alive with a third-place overall that included moto finishes of second and fifth. Now that he firmly has the lead, he refuses to give up ground to Marvin Musquin who lost points to him in both races last week.

With a deficit of 38 points and eight motos remaining, Musquin no longer controls his fate but the math is not completely restrictive yet. Musquin needs to make up a little less than 10 points per weekend. So long as Tomac stands on the podium in the majority of motos, however, Musquin’s hopes are dashed. But that doesn’t mean there is not a lot of riding and racing on the horizon.

Last week Cooper Webb scored his first overall win in grand style. Entering the weekend without ever winning a moto in the outdoor season, Webb not only scored the overall but did so with a sweep of the two motos. It was a performance reminiscent of his first win in the Supercross series that opened up an immediately floodgate.

In 250s, after wining his second moto of the season and finishing third overall Hunter Lawrence suffered a practice crash earlier this week and will not race. According to his Instagram page a freak accident caused the accident and injury. Lawrence does not disclose the nature of the injury, but says surgery will probably be required.

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Hey guys, so a freak accident happened yesterday whilst i was out training and we had something break in the engine at the top of a jump upramp and locked up, by the time i let go of the handlebars i was already lawn darting into the ground 🎯, my team pulled apart the engine asap and what we found was a freak accident and what part broke we normally run for 100 hours and this part only had 3 hrs on it! So it wasn’t my teams fault we are digging to the bottom of it to prevent this happening again, thankyou to my team for supporting me in times like this and everyone else who rides this rollercoaster of a sport with me, as of now we are unsure of the time frame i am out for but getting checked up today, most likely surgery is required, so sorry guys i’m speechless, good luck to my team mates this weekend, put those red rockets out front 💪🏽 #mirtztillithurtz #ithurtz #maddogdown #miloracing 📸- @crunch724 / @lebigusa

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Joey Crown’s introduction to Motocross continues to be beset by problems. An injury to his thumb while practicing last week at Spring Creek kept him off the bike. He hopes to be back in action in time for Unadilla next week.

MORE: Eli Tomac versus Marvin Musquin at Washougal

Schedule:

Qualifiers: 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold
Race: Live, 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, Moto 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, (Moto 2, re-air at 10 p.m. on NBC).

July 6 – 2019; Spring Creek

450: Cooper Webb  (1-1) won over Zach Osborne (4-3) and Eli Tomac (2-5)
250: Adam Cianciarulo (3-1) won over Alex Martin (2-3) and Hunter Lawrence (1-6)

July 28 – 2018; Washougal 

450: Eli Tomac (1-1) won over Ken Roczen (3-2) and Marvin Musquin (2-3)
250: Aaron Plessinger (4-3) won over Shane McElrath (9-1) and Joey Savatgy (1-9)

Overall Wins

450:
[3] Eli Tomac (Pala, High Point, RedBud)
[2] Ken Roczen (Hangtown, Thunder Valley)
[2] Marvin Musquin (WW Ranch, Southwick)
[1] Cooper Webb (Spring Creek)

250:
[6] Adam Cianciarulo (Hangtown, Pala, Thunder Valley, High Point, Southwick, Spring Creek)
[1] Justin Cooper (WW Ranch)
[1] Dylan Ferrandis (RedBud)

Moto Wins

450:
[6] Eli Tomac (Hangtown II, Pala I & II, Thunder Valley II, WW Ranch I, RedBud I)
[3] Ken Roczen (Hangtown I, Thunder Valley I, High Point II)
[3] Marvin Musquin (WW Ranch I, Southwick I, RedBud II)
[2] Cooper Webb (Spring Creek I & II)
[1] Blake Baggett (High Point I)
[1] Zach Osborne (Southwick II)

250:
[6] Adam Cianciarulo (Hangtown II, Pala II, Thunder Valley II, High Point II, Southwick I, Spring Creek II)
[4] Dylan Ferrandis (WW Ranch II, Southwick II, RedBud I & II)
[3] Justin Cooper (Hangtown I, Pala I, Thunder Valley I)
[2] Hunter Lawrence (High Point I, Spring Creek II)
[1] Chase Sexton (WW Ranch I)

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).