Reed, Stewart Win Again

Paul Carruthers | April 4, 2004

Yamaha’s Chad Reed won the Pontiac Supecross on Saturday night, the Australian extending his series points lead to 37 points over Kevin Windham, the Honda rider finishing fourth in Pontiac.

Meanwile, Kawasaki’s James Stewart bounced back from the injuries that kept him out of the last round to win his sixth race of the seven-race old 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series.

Honda’s Damon Huffman took the holeshot in the 250cc main event, with Reed starting midpack. The Australian, however, was in the lead by lap three.Honda’s Mike LaRocco, who won last weekend in Indianapolis, moved into second place and battled with Yamaha’s David Vuillemin until the last lap when Vuillemin struggled with some lap riders. LaRocco finished second and Vuillemin third.

“I came out and rode my own race tonight,” said Reed in a statement issued by race promoters. “I didn’t have the best start, but moved through the pack pretty good. Once I was in the lead, I just turned in some solid laps and went on for the win.”

Stewart, who has never raced at the Silverdome before, earned the $1000 Butterfinger Holeshot Award with KTM’s Brett Metcalfe and Yamaha’s Danny Smith following in second and third, respectively. On lap four, Smith passed Metcalfe for third. Josh Hansen, who won his first-ever 125cc supercross last weekend in Indianapolis, passed his teammate Smith for second place. Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps started mid-pack and moved his way into third when the checkered flag fell. Hansen finished second and Millsaps third.

“This was a great race for me because I had the holeshot,” said Stewart. “This is my last race until Las Vegas at the shootout, so I am looking forward to that.”

This race concludes 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series competition. Riders in the 125cc Eastern Regional division will compete against the 125cc Western Regional riders in the Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, May 1.

125cc Results

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki

2. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Yamaha

3. David Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki

4. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Yamaha

5. Steve Boniface, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki

6. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

7. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Suzuki

8. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki

9. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha

10. Ryan Mills, Clintondale, N.Y., Honda

250cc Results

1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha

2. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda

3. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

4. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda

5. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Suzuki

6. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki

7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha

8. Damon Huffman, Valencia, Calif., Honda

9. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Yamaha

10. Michael Byrne, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.