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Glendale is Tomac Territory for Supercross

By - Jan 28, 2018

By Lexy Cancelmi / For The Sporting Nation

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Eli Tomac enjoys racing in Arizona. He won the main event 450SX race Saturday night for the second year in a row at the Monster Energy Supercross event at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday night. 

Things kicked off with opening ceremonies beginning at about 5:30 p.m. Pounds of dirt filled the stadium along with 54,000-plus rowdy fans waiting for all of the action to get underway. 

The two competing categories at Supercross are 250SX and 450SX. The first heat winner of the night for 250SX was Shane McElrath. The winner for Heat No. 1 in the 450SX was Justin Brayton. Heat No. 2 winner for the 450SX categroy was Jason Anderson. The second heat winner for 250SX was Aaron Plessinger.

After the two heats finished, the last chance qualifier (LCQ) is run to make it to the main event. The LCQ of the 250SX was Joey Savatgy and the LCQ of the 450SX was Benny Bloss. 

After the two heats from each of the two competing groups finished up, and with Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps in attendance, it was time for the main event. 

The main event is what the fans wait all night for and  they usually hope for a thrilling finish. 

Blessinger won the main event for the 250SX after an aggresssive pass was made against second place McElrath.  Tomac won the main event for the 450SX, making it a back-to-back main event wins for him after previously winning in Anaheim. 

The top three in the 250SX were Aaron Blessinger, Shane McElrath and Adam Cianciarulo. 

The top three for the 450SX round are Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. The three agreed the track in Glendale has been their favorite thus far for the 2018 supercross season. "The track in Anaheim last week was horrible in my eyes, it was too short," Barcia said. 

Tomac, a Colorado native, has been successful in Arizona by achieving multiple race wins in the state. "I think because I'm kinda close to home that it feels good here, it's only a six-hour drive, so it's a good home vibe and I've always had some kind of success here," Tomac said. 

 

Blessinger apologized to McElrath for the aggressive pass which could have resulted in an accident, but lad him to victory instead. "I honestly didn't think it was that gnarly of a pass until I saw the corner of my eye," Blessinger said.

"For a good lap I was boiling, but I've been racing Aaron since I was on little bikes and knew that's not what he is known for," McElrath said.

Round 5 of the Supercross season continues in Oakland, Calif. on Feb. 3. 

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