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Stewart nominated for athlete of the year

Stewart receives nomination for AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel athlete of the year. PICKERINGTON, Ohio ? James Stewart, Jr. has received a nomination for the 2002 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award. This summer Stewart,...

Stewart receives nomination for AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel athlete of the year.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio ? James Stewart, Jr. has received a nomination for the 2002 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award. This summer Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Championship on a Kawasaki. The 16-year-old rookie sensation set a slew of records in his rookie season including, becoming the first true rookie to win the first AMA Motocross National entered, the youngest rider ever to win an AMA Motocross National title, and his 10 victories set a new record for the most AMA 125 National Motocross wins in a season. Stewart was also recently named AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year.

"Getting this nomination is awesome," said Stewart, the first African-American to win an AMA Motocross Championship. "It's really icing on the cake after the season I had. Becoming a pro and winning a national championship is really something I've dreamed about since I was a little kid. The fans were unbelievable to me and it really made for a year I'll never forget."

Stewart's rookie year was the best ever in the annals of AMA Motocross and Supercross. He debuted as the winningest rider in AMA 125 West Region Supercross, where he finished the year ranked second. He laid claim to the title of fastest 125 Supercross racer in the nation when he won the prestigious Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Supercross Shootout in Las Vegas in May. He then went on to record the most successful season of AMA 125 Motocross racing in the history of the series. He won 10 of the 12 rounds en route to the title. In just one season of racing, Stewart has already moved into the top-10 on the all-time AMA 125 Motocross wins list. He's ranked ninth with Mike Kiedrowski and Ron Lechien with 10-career victories.

The presentation of the AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award will take place at the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Las Vegas -- home of the Guggenheim Museum's "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit. The ceremonies will be televised on a special edition of Speed Channel's "Bike Week" The winner of the Athlete of the Year Award will be presented a commemorative Rolex watch.

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