CARLSBAD, Calif. – Spy Optic’s Kevin “K-Dub” Windham (Geico Powersports/Honda) had a podium finish slip through his fingers this past weekend when – while running in 3rd place in the SX class main event – a mechanical failure at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium spelt the end of the night for the popular supercross veteran.
“In motorsports those things can sometime happen,” said Windham, who was celebrating his birthday the night of the Indy SX. “Fortunately situations like that have been very rare in my career, so you just have to live with it and move on. We’ve got Daytona this weekend and I’m looking forward to racing there. It’ll be a nice break from the stadium racing we’ve been doing, running down on the infield of Daytona International Speedway.”
Windham had transferred to the main by virtue of a 4th place finish in his heat race. Handling the technical Indy track well, Windham got a great start in the main and moved past Mike Alessi for third place on the second lap. The Mississippi native then moved up into 2nd place when James Stewart went down, but gave that spot back up to the former champ and settled back into third with some consistently fast lap times.
Then on lap 15 of the 20-lap contest Windham dropped off the track. The cause, as initially determined by the team, “mechanical failure.”
With the DNF Windham would come away from Indy with only one point, but he still remained in the top ten overall (9th with 112 points).
Also re-appearing on the SX class main even radar was Spy Optic’s Bobby Kiniry (Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki). The New York native pulled the holeshot in his heat race and was out front before getting passed by Stewart and Chad Reed. Kiniry just about made the podium, but ran into some issues late in the heat and had to take the LCQ route in order to transfer to the main. Kiniry was up to the task, finishing 2nd in a hard-fought LCQ. In the SX class main even Kiniry (17th) would finish one spot behind Spy Optic’s Nick Wey (Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing).
Also: The return of Spy Optic’s Jason Lawrence (Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing) to supercross was put on hold for at least another week. Lawrence, who put up the 5th fastest time in SX class pro practice, reportedly fell ill prior to the start of his SX class heat race and spent the night watching from the sidelines. Lawrence is scheduled to race this weekend at Daytona.
Next up for the Spy Optic-backed supercross racers is round ten of the 2009 Monster Energy Supercross Series at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 7).
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