Stewart Wins a Close One in Dallas

Shan Moore | March 31, 2007

IRVING, TEXAS: James Stewart held off a game Chad Reed to pick up his tenth win of the season in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series held at Texas Stadium tonight. The Kawaski-mounted Stewart took the lead on the third lap of the 20-lap main event and led the remainer of the race to take the win, however, the San Manuel Yamaha-mounted Reed was right on Stewart’s tail for the final 17 laps, all the while, looking very capable of taking Stewart at any time.

On the final lap and in the final turn, Reed made one last attempt to take the lead, but was turned back by Stewart, giving Stewart the victory by a scant .085-margin of a second.

“I’ll take anything after last weekend,” said Stewart in reference to his poor start and come-from-behind win last week in Indianapolis. “The first two laps I was just kind of riding. I swept Texas this year (winning Houston earlier in the year) and that’s big.”

Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry passed holeshotter Andrew Short (Hon) during the early going and then later passed Honda’s Davi Millsaps to claim third, while Millsaps and Short held on to take fourth and fifth, respectively.

Monster Kawasaki’s Ben Townley grabbed the holeshot to take the early lead in the Lites race, but quickly gave way to teammate Darcy Lange and then Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey.

Dungey took over the lead on lap four and was beginning to pull away before a crash on lap eight handed the lead back to Townley. Once out front, Townley went on to the victory, his third of the season. Lange finished second while Dungey rounded out the top three.

“Darcy and Dungey gave me a good battle out there,” said Townley, who closed to within three points of Ryan Morais for the lead in the series standings. “It’s (the championship) going to go down to the wire. Detroit’s going to be an intense one. I’m just going to go home and work as hard as I can to be ready for it.” Supercross:

1. James Stewart (Kaw)

2. Chad Reed (Yam)

3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)

4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)

5. Andrew Short (Hon)

6. Kevin Windham (Hon)

7. Michael Byrne (Suz)

8. Paul Carpenter (Kaw)

9. David Vuillemin (Hon)

10. Jeff Gibson (Kaw)


1 Ben Townley (Kaw)

2. Darcy Lange (Kaw)

3. Ryan Dungey (Suz)

4. Ryan Morais (Yam)

5. Thomas Hahn (Hon)

6. Matt Goerke (Yam)

7. Branden Jesseman (Yam)

8. Kelly Smith (Suz)

9. Broc Tickle (Yam)

10. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.