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Steel City: Season finale preview

Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross Culminates Saturday at Steel City's American Motocross Festival in Delmont DELMONT, Pa. (August 26, 2008) -- With two rounds in the books, the third and final race of the $100,000 Monster ...

Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross Culminates Saturday at Steel City's American Motocross Festival in Delmont

DELMONT, Pa. (August 26, 2008) -- With two rounds in the books, the third and final race of the $100,000 Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross will offer a chance at history at the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF series finale on August 29-30. This season, 2008 series champions James Stewart, of Monster Energy Kawasaki, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto look to capitalize on that opportunity at the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City Motocross National.

An additional $25,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to each rider that completes the three-race sweep. In its fourth year, the program has never awarded the Grand Prize bonus in both classes in the same season. After dominating the first two rounds of the three-race series at High Point and RedBud, both Stewart and Villopoto are heavy favorites to accomplish the feat.

Stewart hopes to become just the second rider in the short history of the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross to complete the sweep. Ricky Carmichael achieved the feat in both 2005 and 2006.

Villopoto has been in this position before. In both 2006 and 2007, the three-time AMA Motocross Lites Champion won two of the three events. If he breaks through this season, he will become the first AMA Motocross Lites rider to win the Triple Crown. Last weekend in Southwick, Villopoto earned his first overall victory after a two-race hiatus. Based on his recent comments, he is determined to make history this Saturday.

"I wanted to get the overall and start that over again and get the last two," explained Villopoto. "Especially Steel City, so I can get that [Monster] Triple Crown money. It's never been done before in the Lites class--I want that Triple Crown."

Additionally, bonuses have also been awarded to the top finishing privateer at the first two rounds. Tuf Powersports Yamaha's Sean Hamblin, now a member of the Factory Yamaha team, and Redux Beverages/Brawndo Honda's Robert Kiniry kicked off the privateer awards at High Point while Moto XXX Honda's Jeff Alessi and Motosport/Xtreme/Kawasaki's Andrew McFarlane took the honors at RedBud.

As an added bonus, three Kawasaki/Pro Circuit KLX 110 motorcycles will be given away to the fans this Saturday at Steel City.

The AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF is just one of the many events scheduled at Steel City as the inaugural American Motocross Festival celebrates Labor Day weekend with supporting races from the AMA/WMA Women's Motocross National Championship Presented by Kawasaki and the AMA ATV Pro Open.

Television coverage of the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City Motocross National and American Motocross Festival can be seen on SPEED with the AMA Motocross telecast on September 6, at 10 p.m. ET and the AMA Motocross Lites show on September 9, at 2 p.m. ET.

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Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Andrew McFarlane , James Stewart , Ryan Villopoto