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Stewart Heats Up Houston with Two-Race Win Streak Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Points Race Narrows to 3 AURORA, Ill. (March 28, 2006) -- Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., brings a two-race win streak into Houston's Reliant...

Stewart Heats Up Houston with Two-Race Win Streak
Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Points Race Narrows to 3

AURORA, Ill. (March 28, 2006) -- Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., brings a two-race win streak into Houston's Reliant Stadium this Saturday, April 1 for the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Reliant Stadium is the birthplace of Stewart's first AMA Supercross class win, which took place last year. While Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael has a comfortable points lead for the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the race for the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP is heating up.

Stewart, who has seven wins on the season, started his win streak in Orlando where he led all 20-laps in the main event. Before 41,010 fans last weekend, the 20-year-old superstar repeated that performance at the inaugural race inside Detroit's Ford Field. The two wins positioned Stewart to tie Carmichael for the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP this weekend in Houston.

Stewart trails reigning World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series champion Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., by three points in Amp'd Mobile World supercross GP standings and 20 points in the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series.

Yamaha's Chad Reed sits in second place, 10 points behind Carmichael in the AMA Supercross class but is struggling due to a shoulder separation suffered before the stop at Daytona International Speedway. The tough Australian has ridden through the pain earning podium finishes at two of the three races since the injury.

"Everyday, I do what I need to do to get my shoulder strong," said Reed of the injured shoulder. "I've just accepted the fact that it's an injury that'll be here a while and I just gotta do my part by keeping strong and giving it everything I got. Never give up and fight 'til the end.

"It's my problem. Obviously, I know I can ride better without a shoulder injury but it is what it is. I feel I'm giving up some on the track and that sucks but I'm figuring out how to ride my race with my situation."

Stewart turned a blazing fast 48.8 lap time in the main event and established a decent lead in his race against the clock.

"I just wanted to ride and put twenty consistent laps together," said Stewart. "The track changed a lot and all I could do was to try and stay up. I saw Ricky (Carmichael) coming up through the pack and I saw Chad (Reed) pushing hard too. I knew those two were going to start battling because they are so close for the AMA Supercross points race. I just want to win races," said Stewart. "I figure if I win races, I'll come out close to winning the (Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series) title. I'm just going out there and doing my own thing and getting good (lap) times. "

This season a consistent Carmichael has been on the podium 14 out of 15 races and has won six races.

"I'm worried about myself, not anybody else," said Carmichael. "I have my goals and I'm not worried about anyone. I need to take care of myself before I worry about someone else."

In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Honda's Davi Millsaps, of Cairo, Ga., leads his Honda teammate Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., by 22 points heading into the final race of the Eastern regional AMA Supercross Lites championship. Grant could give Honda their first lites title since 1993 when Doug Henry won the championship. Last weekend Grant's win in Detroit marked Honda's seventh consecutive lites win, a feat that hasn't been done since 1993 as well.

The rich history of supercross in Houston dates back to March 15, 1974 when Jim Pomeroy won the 250cc main event aboard a Yamaha. Since 1974, the city of Houston has been on the AMA Supercross schedule and in seven of those years, the Houston Astrodome hosted two races.

In front of 43,445 fans last year, Carmichael clinched his fourth AMA Supercross Series championship and his 12th AMA National Title. Honda's Andrew Short, of Murrieta, Calif., won his first 125cc Western Regional AMA Supercross Series race, leading all 15 laps in the main event.

Tickets are available at the Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, all participating Yamaha dealers (tickets also available at Yamaha outlets), or charge by phone at 713-629-3700.

This weekend's race will air on SPEED on Sunday, April 2, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. EST. A tape-delayed, one-hour television broadcast of the AMA Supercross Lites racing will air on SPEED on Sunday, April 9, at 6 p.m. EST.

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Chad Reed , Josh Grant , James Stewart , Doug Henry , Davi Millsaps , Andrew Short