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10/20/2014

Part I: Monster Energy Cup photos

A look at this past weekend’s Monster Energy Cup through the camera lens of photographer, Jeff Kardas.

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Sam Boyd Stadium prepares for another helping of supercross.
Sam Boyd Stadium prepares for the fourth annual Monster Energy Cup of Supercross. Win all three main events, and the winner takes home $1 million bucks, making it the biggest money race in the world.

 

The house was packed to watch the world's best supercross racers dice it out in the Pro, Amateur and Supermini classes.
The house was packed to watch the world’s best supercross racers dice it out in Pro, Amateur and Supermini classes. Truth be told, I think MEC is just a good excuse for many to go to Vegas. It’s certainly a good time on, at and away from the track!

 

A cool look at the stars of supercross rolling through opening ceremonies.
A cool look at the stars of supercross rolling through during opening ceremonies.

 

Dean Wilson showing off his new factory Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F.
Dean Wilson showing off his new factory Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F. “Deano” didn’t have the best night, finishing 11th overall with 9-14-14 scores.

 

I wonder what brand of gear Malcolm Stewart wore at Monster Cup?
Malcolm Stewart plays a rolling billboard with his big brother’s line of gear, SEVEN. His best ride came in the final ‘main event,’ finishing 5th and taking 5th overall behind Ryan Dungey. Hopefully that result earns him a ride for the 2015 supercross season, he was riding a privateer Honda 450 in Vegas.

 

Jason Anderson on his new Rockstar Husqvarna 450.
Jason Anderson on his new Rockstar Husqvarna 450. After two crummy rides, Anderson put it together with a 4th place in the third and final race.

 

Cooper Webb clears his vision during practice.
Cooper Webb clears his vision during practice. He didn’t have a night to remember, finishing 16th overall and never cracking the top-10.

 

 

Whip contest?
Part of the MEC this was a Freestyle Whip Contest … too bad Kevin Windham didn’t suit up!

 

Nac nac
The King of Supercross will live on forever with his infamous nac-nac, which still looks as cool today as it did back in ’93 when Jeremy McGrath won his 250 SX championship.

 

upside down
Upside down, just like MEC fans later that night in downtown Las Vegas.

 

sideways
Bau Bamburg gets sideways

 

Jason Anderon (21) and Trey Canard (41) lead the Supercross pack.
Jason Anderon (21) and Trey Canard (41) lead the Supercross pack. Can you name the rest of these guys?

 

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac was on the podium in the final two races, giving him second overall behind Millsaps.

 

Justin Barcia (51) covers Davi Millsaps (18) in roost.
Justin Barcia (51) covers Davi Millsaps (18) in roost.

 

Chad Reed (22) and Dean Ferandis (122) fight for space on the Vegas track.
Chad Reed (22) and Dean Ferrandis (122) fight for space on the Vegas track. Neither of these Kawasaki riders much of a night in Vegas, on the track anyways. Reed would pull the plug before the third main event, apparently it’s not as easy for the veteran to come off the couch and still kill it.

 

Can you spot the riders? Trey Canard leads a surprisingly fast Justin Hill in front of a sea of Vegas fans.
Can you spot the riders? Trey Canard leads a surprisingly fast Justin Hill in front of a sea of Vegas fans. Canard was certainly the fastest man in Vegas, but Hill wasn’t far off. Normally a 250 rider, Hill showed he’s ready to battle against the big boys if need be.

 

Eventual winner Mitchell Faulk leads a Supermini main event.
Eventual winner Mitchell Faulk leads a Supermini main event. (You can spot Casey Keast (21) in the background, who finishing 7th overall after grabbing a holeshot in the final race and banging bars with the best of them.)

 

Blake Bagget (4) leads Ryan Dungey (5).
Blake Bagget (4) leads Ryan Dungey (5) during a race. Bagget showed speed in his first 450 race, but he crashed out in the third moto. Dungey was Dungey and rode consistent all night, taking fourth overall.

 

The man of the night would Millsaps, who won the final main event and overall, earning him a crisp $100,000. The perfect way to start his new chapter with Monster Energy Kawasaki!
The man of the night would Millsaps, who won the final main event and overall, earning him a crisp $100,000. The perfect way to start his new chapter with Monster Energy Kawasaki!

 

 

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Chris Pomeroy

1989 Rookie-of-the-year and former nationally ranked pro racer who turned into a dirt oriented scribe

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