TWMX Race Report: ’04 Daytona SX

Reed And Stewart Destroy Daytona

Supercross series point leaders Chad Reed and James Stewart both enjoyed large margins of victory Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, where the pair dominated their respective classes at the famed Florida race circuit.

Despite Reed’s supremacy, the crowd favorite was none other than X Games champ Travis Pastrana, who finally made his way back to Supercross racing after nearly a yearlong break due to knee injury. Pastrana eventually finished in the 10 th position after succumbing to arm pump and exhaustion, but Travis proved that he still has plenty of speed as he won his heat race over Amsoil/Chaparral/Honda’s Kevin Windham and even ran up front with Reed for several laps in the main before tiring. “I’m really disappointed because I thought that I was in good enough shape to last the entire race. I felt like I definitely had the speed, but my arms pumped and I was tired. My knee felt pretty good, though, so I was happy about that, said Pastrana following the main.


It was Reed who would be the man to beat, as the Thunder from Down Under led wire-to-wire in the main event, extending his lead in the series to a comfortable 29 points above Windham with his seventh win of the year. Though Chad crossed the finish line with plenty of time separating himself from second-place finisher Windham and third-place rider Mike LaRocco, not everything went Reed’s way in Daytona.

A little past the halfway mark of the 21-lap main event, Reed laid his works YZ250 over. The crash resulted in a smashed radiator on his bike, and some apparently very painful ribs in Chad’s chest that forced Reed to leave the infield in the Asterisk medical unit after the race. “My ribs really hurt and it was tough to finish. I’m going to get them checked out and hopefully everything will be okay for St. Louis next weekend, Reed said.


Windham’s ride wasn’t flawless either, as K-Dub was forced to make his way up front after getting a mid-pack start. “My start wasn’t the best, and by the time I was in second Chad was pretty far up front, said Windham after the race. With Reed’s smoking radiator and painful ribs, Windham began to close in on the final laps but was still eight seconds behind Chad at the checkers.


Even LaRocco was ahead of Windham on the start, and actually ended the first lap in seventh position. From there he did his usual charge up front, and the Rock wound up celebrating his 200 th Supercross main event with a podium finish in third. Reed’s Yamaha teammate David Vuillemin followed LaRocco in fourth, while a hard-charging Nick Wey overcame a nearly dead-last start to round out the top five.

250cc Main Event Results

  1. Chad Reed
  2. Kevin Windham
  3. Mike Larocco
  4. David Vuillemin
  5. Nicholas Wey
  6. Michael Byrne
  7. Grant Langston
  8. Heath Voss
  9. Nathan Ramsey
  10. Travis Pastrana
  11. Andrew Short
  12. Sean Hamblin
  13. Jason Thomas
  14. Craig Anderson
  15. Joseph Oehlhof
  16. Tyler Evans
  17. Ted Campbell
  18. James Povolny
  19. Scott Metz
  20. Keith Johnson

In the fourth round of the 125cc East Coast series, James Stewart put on yet another riding clinic for the rest of the field with a commanding lead from the drop of the gate to the checkers. The big story, however, came from the pair of Team Suzuki’s newest rookies Davi Millsaps and Broc Hepler. Millsaps, who has been struggling with some bad luck in his first few races, came out swinging at Daytona and trailed Stewart to the finish line for his first ever SX podium finish. Millsaps looked strong in the Daytona sand, and had a big smile on his face on the podium. “I had a hard couple of weeks in the beginning, but I’m really glad to get up here and prove my speed, especially at a racee like Daytona said Millsaps.


It seemed like Davi switched places with his teammate Broc Hepler, who has been enjoying his first SX series with some great finishes up until this weekend. Hepler looked plenty fast in qualifying, but some untimely crashes in both his heat race and the LCQ kept Broc from even making the main event in Daytona. This dropped him in the points standings from a solid second place behind Bubba to a close third behind Eric Sorby, whose sixth place finish in Florida was good enough to elevate him to second in the series.


Yamaha of Troy’s Josh Hansen proved his podium appearance last week was no fluke with a solid third-place finish aboard his YZ250F. Hany gated in second, and only Millsaps was able to sneak by Josh early on. From there, Hansen enjoyed a fairly quiet time chasing the leaders, as he set his YZ250F on cruise control for the final podium position in the 125cc class. “I’m gaining confidence every week, and even though I’m not in the points race back here, it’s great experience for me to be doing this. Getting these top-three finishes lets me know that my speed is right up there where it needs to be, Hansen said.

Team Samsung/Radio Shack’s Michael Blose also backed up his previous week’s strong performance in Daytona, trailing Hansen to the finish line in fourth position. Ryan Mills rounded out the top-five, a full minute behind race leader Stewart.

125cc Main Event Results

  1. James Stewart
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Joshua Hansen
  4. Michael Blose
  5. Ryan Mills
  6. Eric Sorby
  7. Danny Smith
  8. Brett Metcalfe
  9. Kelly Smith
  10. Daryl Hurley
  11. Paul Carpenter
  12. Kevin Johnson
  13. Turbo Reif
  14. Jeff Gibson
  15. Tiger Lacey
  16. Doug DeHaan
  17. Steve Boniface
  18. Tucker Hibbert
  19. Tyson Hadsell
  20. Johnny Aubert
  21. Eric Nye
  22. Steve Lamson