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Tomac Passes the GOAT
What a weekend for Eli Tomac. Tomac won for a record seventh time at the iconic venue, his fifth win already on the season, and took sole possession of third all-time on the SX wins list. Tomac also tied NASCAR legend Richard Petty with seven wins at the venue.
“It was an excellent night of racing for us. Daytona literally just feels like home to me. Every time the lights come on here, I just basically become one with the track. We went to battle again with Cooper (Webb) there in the main event. A lot of lines were changing throughout the race. Then at one point, we even made contact and then I finally got into the lead and just felt really good on the motorcycle. This was one of the best times that I’ve felt on a motorcycle racing here, so that was awesome. It’s pretty crazy to be tied with the NASCAR Champion, Richard Petty, with seven wins here. That’s a cool thing, and I’m just thankful for everything.”
All-Time Supercross Wins List After Daytona Supercross
Of course RC was in the booth for the call, but he also completed something cool this weekend. Graduation from On Track On School. Congrats, GOAT!
Hunter on Thrasher Incident
Lots of talk about the Hunter Lawrence/Nate Thrasher incident in the 250 main event at Daytona. I didn’t really see a problem with it, but hey, that’s just me.
“I didn’t feel contact, but obviously it’s not the best scenario, but you just kind of see a shot and you’ve got to make quick decisions,” Lawrence said. “So it was inside, getting roosted, and that’s the option that presented itself. There’s just gonna be hard racing, it goes with the red plate, if you look back at previous years, that’s part of it. Sucks that he went down, not what I wanted to happen.”
Thrasher had another crash later in the main event and would finish 10th.
Sexton/Barcia On Incidents
Chase Sexton and Justin Barcia traded paint not once, but twice, while battling for third in the 450 main event. Barcia went down the second time and finished fourth behind Sexton in third.
Here is what they had to say following the race.
Chase Sexton: “I made that mistake under the tunnel, I just heard him to my right, but I was in front. I’ll have to go back and look at it. He came over to me after the race to talk about it. [Laughs] I felt like I had front wheel in front and I had control. But those mistakes were unfortunate, and they allowed him to get close.”
Justin Barcia: “This was my best practice and qualifying of the year. That was awesome, and I ended up P6. Very happy with that. In the heat race, I didn’t get the best start but had some of the fastest lap times and moved up to third. In the main event, I got a good start and was running fourth. I had the leaders in front of me, and tried to make a pass and got a little tangled. Then I came back, tried to make another pass, and got tangled again. Fourth was all it wrote. I’m really disappointed. It definitely was a podium night with my speed and the bike was really good. I really like Indy. It’s a good vibe there and a good stadium. I do well there, and I want to be on the podium.”