Las Vegas Race Report

May 4, 2008 12:33am

The Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout is a Lites race like no other. There’s no championship on the line, but rather bragging rights to who is the fastest Lites supercrosser in the land. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto wanted to redeem himself after finishing runner-up in the East, and he started out the main event by pulling the Progressive Direct Holeshot.

Eastern Regional rookie champion Trey Canard, sporting his new sponsor--Geico Powersports--gated around fifth in the main event.

Ryan Villopoto immediately opened up a lead on second place, who was Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey.

Slowly but surely, Dungey reeled in Villopoto and got this close with just a few laps remaining.

As the white flag flew, Villopoto got tangled with a lapper allowing Dungey to make the pass over the finish line jump.

It was an exciting Lites main event with the Western Regional runner-up closing out his season with his second consecutive East/West Shootout win.

The win was sweet redemption for Dungey, who looks to be a contender when for the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship.

The 2008 AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship came to a final round slugfest between two riders who slowly became bitter rivals over the past few weeks as each had a championship within reach. Geico Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham trailed San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed by 10 points coming into this finale, and although Windham had a chance at the title, after seeing Reed’s last-to-second-place ride last weekend in Seattle, everyone had a feeling it was going to take something drastic for Windham to pull down his first-ever premier class championship.

Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps grabbed the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot on his CRF450R while Windham overcooked the first hard left hander and almost took them both down.

It took a few laps, but Windham was finally able to muscle his way past the #118 of Millsaps.

As Windham moved past Millsaps, Reed was making up positions after a seventh-place start.

Reed had three Honda riders to contend with, and after Millsaps slid out, Chad had to put a block pass on Andrew Short to get into second place.

Windham's lead began to shrink as Reed slowly reeled in the Geico Powersports Honda rider.

Reed was visiblly faster in the whoops, and on lap 13 he made the pass to assume the point position.
After stretching out a comfortable lead, Reed styled his way to his second AMA Supercross championship and closed out his 2008 season with a win.

Reed dug deep into his bag of tricks to celebrate another title.

Atomic Racing's Paul Carpenter won the Top Privateer Award.

Your 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion.

The Las Vegas AMA Supercross podium: Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, and Andrew Short.