PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2003) -- James "Bubba" Stewart is the third nominee for the 2003 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year. The 17-year-old factory Kawasaki rider from Haines City, Fla., won the AMA 125 West Supercross title. He...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2003) -- James "Bubba" Stewart is the third nominee for the 2003 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year. The 17-year-old factory Kawasaki rider from Haines City, Fla., won the AMA 125 West Supercross title. He then came back from injury, after missing the first four rounds of the AMA Chevy Trucks 125 U.S. Motocross Championship, to win an amazing seven consecutive 125 races. His charge led him all the way back to third place in the final standings despite giving his competitors an eight-moto head start. Even though he missed out on the title, Stewart's 14 straight moto wins in the 125 class was one of the most impressive feats in the history of the series.
For Stewart this marks his second nomination for the Athlete of the Year Award. He was nominated in 2002, his rookie season, after winning the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Championship. He also earned the AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year honors in 2002.
"Being nominated for this award for the second straight season is an honor and puts me in some good company with all of the other nominees," said Stewart when informed of his nomination. "The Athlete of the Year award is the last piece to the puzzle and can cap off a really good season. I hope to add one of these to my trophy collections someday."
After only two seasons of professional racing Stewart has already rocketed to fourth on the all-time AMA 125 Motocross wins list with 17-career wins. It's possible that he could eclipse Ricky Carmichael's record of 26-career AMA 125 class wins by next season. Stewart has stated that, along with aspirations of winning a second AMA 125 Motocross Championship, earning the all-time 125 wins title is another of his goals.
Check out 2 Wheel Tuesday on Speed Channel, Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. (EST) where host Greg White will feature this week's nominee.
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. 22 at the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The public is invited to the banquet.