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Carmichael/Reed battle heating up coming into Dallas Supercross. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Chad Reed's late-season rally has turned up the heat on defending AMA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael as the series rolls into Texas Stadium, in the...

Carmichael/Reed battle heating up coming into Dallas Supercross.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Chad Reed's late-season rally has turned up the heat on defending AMA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael as the series rolls into Texas Stadium, in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, this Saturday, April 12. Carmichael's points lead has fallen from as high of 25 after victory at Daytona on March 8, to 16 after Reed earned his third-straight victory last Saturday in Pontiac, Mich. With just three rounds remaining Carmichael, while still in a strong position to win his third AMA Supercross title, may now have to start thinking about preserving his points lead instead of winning races. Conversely for Reed, the equation is simple: He needs to continue his winning streak through the remaining three rounds to have a shot at winning the championship in his rookie year.

While the Carmichael/Reed battle continues in the Dallas Supercross, the AMA 125 West Region Supercross Series resumes this week after a two-month layoff. In that series Kawasaki's James Stewart has a commanding 31-point lead over defending champ Travis Preston with just two races remaining.

Australian native Reed is on a three-race winning streak. He credits Carmichael for forcing him to step up his training, but now finds that there really isn't any assistance forthcoming from other riders in his quest to catch Carmichael in the series points chase.

"Racing with Ricky has forced me to train harder to bring up my level," Reed said. "I'm just going to try to keep winning. With so many of the factory guys out (with injuries) I'm not going to get any help in trying to get someone to finish between Ricky and myself. We're pretty much riding at a higher level right now anyway so I doubt that I could get help from anyone."

After getting second at Pontiac last week, Carmichael did not sound like a rider content to finish out the season conservatively. He said he planned on working on some things to improve before Dallas.

"I'm not going to freak out about getting beat," said Carmichael, a two-time winner in the Dallas Supercross. "It just proves how important starts are and I didn't get a good one tonight. I'm just going to have to go home and practice my starts. I got a killer start in my heat race, but obviously I didn't in the final. I can't really explain why."

Carmichael will be the only former Dallas Supercross winner in the field Saturday night.

For young James Stewart, Dallas could very well be championship night. The 17-year-old Kawasaki ace needs only to finish third or better to clinch the AMA 125 West Region Supercross Series. It would mark the first AMA Supercross title for the Floridian, who won the AMA Chevy Trucks 125 U.S. Motocross Championship in his rookie season last year. Stewart has won five of the six 125 West rounds leading up to Dallas.

For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.USMotocross.com.

<pre> SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Texas Stadium- Irving, TX

FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2003 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 1:13 pm - 1:23 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B 1:26 pm - 1:41 pm - 250 Factory Riders Practice 1:44 pm - 1:59 pm - 125 Factory Riders Practice 2:02 pm - 2:12 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 2:15 pm - 2:25 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B 2:28 pm - 2:38 pm - Break 2:40 pm - 2:50 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 2:53 pm - 3:03 pm - 250 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B 3:06 pm - 3:21 pm - 250 Factory Riders Practice 3:25 pm - 3:40 pm - 125 Factory Riders Practice 3:43 pm - 3:53 pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group A 3:56 pm - 4:06pm - 125 Privateer Riders, Practice Group B * if less than 40 Riders, Group A & B will be combined

SATURDAY APRIL 12 , 2003 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm - 125 Practice 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm - 250 Practice 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm - Track Maintenance 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - KTM Practice 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - 125 Practice 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 250 Practice 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Qualifying Heats 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm - KTM Practice 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Track Maintenance 7:00 pm - 7:20 pm - Opening Ceremonies 7:30 pm - 7:40 pm - 125 Heat #1 - 6 laps - 20 riders (1st - 9th to Main) 7:40 pm - 7:50 pm - 125 Heat #2 - 6 laps - 20 riders (1st - 9th to Main) 7:50 pm - 8:00 pm - 250 Heat #1 - 8 laps - 20 riders (1st - 4th to Main) (5th - 20th to Semi 1) 8:00 pm - 8:10 pm - 250 Heat #2 - 8 laps - 20 riders (1st - 4th to Main) (5th - 20th to Semi 2) 8:10 pm - 8:25 pm - Junior Supercross Exhibition- 3 laps - 15 riders 8:25 pm - 8:35 pm - Track Maintenance (10 minutes) 8:35 pm - 8:40 pm - 125 Last Chance Qualifier - 4 laps - 22 riders (1st - 4th to Main) 8:40 pm - 8:50 pm - 250 Semi #1 - 6 laps - 16 riders (1st - 5th to Main) (6th - 16th to LCQ) 8:50 pm - 9:00 pm - 250 Semi #2 - 6 laps - 16 riders (1st - 5th to Main) (6th - 16th to LCQ) 9:00 pm - 9:10 pm - Track Maintenance 9:10 pm - 9:20 pm - 250 Last Chance Qualifier - 6 laps - 22 riders 9:20 pm - 9:25 pm - 125 Rider's Parade Lap 9:25 pm - 9:45 pm - 125 Main Event - 15 laps - 22 riders 9:50 pm - 9:55 pm - 250 Rider's Parade Lap 9:55 pm - 10:15 pm - 250 Main Event - 20 laps- 20 riders

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Chad Reed , James Stewart