SX Finals this Saturday in Las Vegas

April 28, 2008 10:24am

Champion to be Crowned at Las Vegas Monster Energy® Supercross Finals as Reed and Windham Duke it out

$5,000 and Toyota Tundra on the Line for Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout

AURORA, Ill. (April 28, 2008) – This weekend’s Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium will crown the 2008 AMA Supercross class champion as well as the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout winner. Team San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., holds a 10-point lead over Torco Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., as the championship heads into the final race of the season.

The pre-race press conference will be broadcast live on Supercross LIVE! ( Friday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. PST, featuring the top three AMA Supercross class riders, Reed, Windham and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps respectively and the Regional AMA Supercross Lites class champions Jason Lawrence and Trey Canard.

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Windham, who has four wins on the season, moved within 10 points of championship leader Reed with an impressive win in Seattle last weekend. This weekend the season’s championship will be decided between these two world-class competitors at Sam Boyd Stadium. Reed has eight wins on the season but is struggling with a shoulder injury to hold onto his points lead.

Last weekend in Seattle, Windham, who was leading the race, suffered a mechanical malfunction when a banner got tied up in his back wheel. He stopped his bike and removed the banner from the rear wheel, dropping back to sixth place. Windham charged back through the field and re-captured the lead on lap 17. Reed charged his way to second place with a last-lap pass on Short.

“We are going into Las Vegas with high hopes, and I hope lady luck is with me,” said Windham. “It has been a great year for me. The closer this championship gets to the end, the hungrier I get, so this weekend will be a big race for me. I am fired up right now!”

Reed crashed in the main event last Saturday night and worked his way into second place with an inspiring ride. The finished helped cushion the points lead.

“I ran into the back of Millsaps in the first turn,” said Reed following last week’s race. “I tried to come through the pack and be smart. There is another race and another opportunity next weekend in Las Vegas. I can’t wait until next week. I showed tonight that I want to win this championship more than anyone.”

The top AMA Supercross Lites class riders will square off in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. The Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout pits the top AMA Supercross Lites class riders in each region, East/West, against one another in a 15-lap one-night race for bragging rights in this best–of-the-best competition. The winner of the race will be awarded $5,000 and a 2008 Toyota Tundra truck

In last year’s Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, a rookie in the class, won the main event, beating regional AMA Supercross Lites class champions Villopoto and Ben Townley. In AMA Supercross class finals at Sam Boyd Stadium, Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., put an exclamation point on his AMA Supercross championship winning his 13th race of the season.

The first AMA Supercross class race was held at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, March 17, 1990, and Jeff Matiasevich won main event. Jeremy McGrath won the AMA Supercross Lites class race that same evening. McGrath won three consecutive Lites class races before moving to the premier class where he won four main events. In addition to his seven supercross championships, McGrath is first on the all-time win list in both the AMA Supercross class and AMA Supercross Lites class.

The AMA Supercross class will air on SPEED Sunday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m., and the AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. CBS Sports will air a season-end recap show Sunday, May 4 at Noon EST.

AMA Supercross Class Results, Seattle

  1. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda

  2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha

  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda

  4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda

  5. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki

  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda

  7. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha

  8. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM

  9. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suziki

  10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda


AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 340

  2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 330

  3. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 262

  4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 261

  5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 210

  6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 206

  7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 173

  8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 158

  9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 144

  10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 136


AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Seattle

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki

  2. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha

  3. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha

  4. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki

  5. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki

  6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

  7. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki

  8. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Honda

  9. Michael Willard, Thornville, Ohio, Honda

  10. Justin Keeney, Riverside, Calif., Honda


Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 157

  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 154

  3. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 131

  4. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 126

  5. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 117

  6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 100

  7. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 95

  8. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 79

  9. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 73

  10. Robert Kiniry, LaFayette, N.Y., Kawasaki, 72


Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 147

  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 137

  3. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 99

  4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 94

  5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 91

  6. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 86

  7. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 84

  8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 84

  9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 73

  10. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 71


AMA Supercross
May 5, 2007:                             James Stewart

May 06, 2006:                           James Stewart

May 7, 2005:                             Chad Reed

May 1, 2004:                             Kevin Windham

May 03, 2003:                           Chad Reed

May 04, 2002:                           Ricky Carmichael

May 05, 2001:                           Ricky Carmichael

May 06, 2000:                           Jeremy McGrath

May 01, 1999:                           Jeremy McGrath

May 02, 1998:                           Jeremy McGrath

May 17, 1997:                           Doug Henry

June 10, 1995:                           Jeff Emig

June 11, 1994:                           Jeremy McGrath

June 12, 1993:                           Jeff Stanton

April 25, 1992:                           Jean-Michel Bayle

May 04, 1991:                           Mike LaRocco

March 17, 1990:             Jeff Matiasevich


AMA Supercross Lites 
May 7, 2007:                             Ryan Dungey

May, 06, 2006:                          Andrew Short

May 7, 2005:                             David Millsaps

May 1, 2004:                             James Stewart

May 03, 2003:                           Andrew Short

May 04, 2002:                           James M Stewart

May 05, 2001:                           Nathan Ramsey

May 06, 2000:                           Travis Pastrana

May 01, 1999:                           Nathan Ramsey