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Bench Racing Ammo: Stewart's Record

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If you were watching Speed TV’s coverage of the third and final Anaheim Supercross, a really cool stat came up concerning James Stewart’s winning prowess in Monster Energy/AMA Supercross. It basically came down to this: In 45 career starts in AMA Supercross (the ’05 and ’06 FIM-only races in Canada were not included) James Stewart has won 29 times and crashed in each of the other 16 main events. (Actually, make that 30 wins in 46 career starts, because he took Anaheim 3 in that very same broadcast.)

So is the stat real? Yes, it is, and here’s how we figured it out:

It started with Feld Motor Sports’ media man Denny Hartwig calling the office with a question: How many times has James Stewart crashed while leading a main event? We sourced it for him and came up with eight different times (Orlando ’05, Anaheim 2, Daytona, and Dallas ’06,  San Fran, San Diego and St. Louis ’07, Anaheim ‘09).
But then we looked at his entire career on the 250/450 class through the pages of Cycle News, and we couldn’t believe it: Stewart had either won or crashed at same point in every main event he’s been in!

What’s it all mean? Hard to say, but you have to hand it to the man: He goes fast enough to win or he goes down trying to win. And more often lately than not, he’s winning. So his wins total 30; here are his crashes:       

  • Or wins…
The Crashes

2005
Anaheim 1       Crashed in the mud, finished 5th
Phoenix           Broke arm in practice, DNS
(skips next 9 rounds)
Orlando           Crashed while leading, finish 3rd
Pontiac                        Crashed while trying to pass RC for the lead, finished 4th
Las Vegas       Stewart crashed out of heat race, DNS

2006
Phoenix           Stewart crashes off start, finishes 3rd
Anaheim 2       Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 3rd
Anaheim 3       Stewart crashes off start, finishes 8th
St. Louis          Stewart crashes, finishes 17th
Atlanta                        Stewart crashes off start, finishes 3rd
Indianapolis    Stewart crashes off start, finishes 2nd
Daytona          Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 6th
Dallas              Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 2nd

2007
San Francisco  Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 2nd
San Diego       Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 5th
St. Louis          Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 2nd

2008
Anaheim 1       Stewart crashes off start, finishes 2nd
Anaheim 2       Stewart DNS due to knee injury

(Stewart misses the rest of the season)

2009
Anaheim 1       Stewart crashes while leading, finishes 19th

 

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