EA SPorts Supercross Banquet Goes Off 'Vegas Style'. AURORA, Ill. (May 14, 2002) - Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division once again hosted its annual EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick banquet brought to you by Discover...
EA SPorts Supercross Banquet Goes Off 'Vegas Style'.
AURORA, Ill. (May 14, 2002) - Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division once again hosted its annual EA SPORTS Supercross Presented by Speed Stick banquet brought to you by Discover Today's Motorcycling at the 'Joint' inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino following the final round of racing at Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas. <pre> Awards and Recipients KTM Junior Supercross Recognition: Scott Harden AMA Recognition: Duke and Sonnie Finch Venue of Year Award: Edison International Field 125cc Eastern Regional Champion: Chad Reed 125cc Western Regional Champion: Travis Preston 250cc Champion: Ricky Carmichael Dave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout: James Stewart Comeback Rider of the Year: David Vuillemin 100% Award: Jeremy McGrath Walker Garrison Special Industry Recognition: Art Eckman Mechanic of the Year: Craig Monty Road to Recovery Humanitarian of the Year: Jim Castillo United States Smokeless Tobacco Top Privateer Award: Nick Wey Vans Triple Crown of Supercross: David Vuillemin Team Manager of the Year: Erik Kehoe Team of the Year: Blackfoot Honda
The 250cc privateer riders that qualified for the main event and earned portions of the $150,000 posted by Clear Channel Entertainment - Motor Sports and the United States Smokeless Tobacco Company include: Nick Wey, Kyle Lewis, Heath Voss, Mike Craig, Jean Sebastien-Roy, Ryan Terlecki, Ted Campbell, Ryan Clark, James Polvony Jr., Tyler Evans, Daniel Blair, Isaiah Johnson, Kevin Crine, Jeff Gibson, Brian Mason, Robbie Reynard, Keith Johnson, Jimmy Wilson, Jason Thomas, Joseph Oehlhof, Zeb Armstrong, Michael Young, Kris Papworth, and Tyson Hadsell.
The POWERade Holeshot Award, which was $1,000 for the 125cc class and $1,500 for the 250cc class per event, went to the following riders: David Pingree, Rodrig Thain, James Stewart, Casey Lytle, Brock Sellards, Kelly Smith, Chad Reed, Eric Sorby, Chris Gosselaar, Danny Smith, Michael Byrne, Kevin Windham, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Sebastien Tortelli, Tim Ferry, and Kyle Lewis.
Built into the award ceremonies was a parody of Jeff Emig, former supercross champion and ESPN2 commentator, and his tireless pursuit to get a ride to the banquet. Following the award presentations, live music was provided