The 2018 Fantasy Supercross season heads back to my hometown of Glendale this week. From the looks of this year’s track layout, it should be a fast race with plenty of straightaways to promote passing. This will be the third year the Phoenix race will be held in University of Phoenix Stadium, with the race previously held annually at Chase Field. This week’s Wild Card spot is 6th place.
Last week’s first Triple Crown race of the season was a barn burner! Eli Tomac showed his shoulder was healed up after a disastrous start to the season, taking the overall top spot on the podium. Marvin Musquin bowed out after the second race, ending his night and most likely his championship chances in the process. Three riders who have continued to surprise me this year so far are Justin Barcia, Justin Brayton and Weston Peick. Brayton seems to have found the fountain of youth on the SmartConcepts Honda, Peick is hammering it and looks fully healthy after last season’s injury, and Bam Bam, although his streak of podium finishes ended, looks to have returned to his former aggressive self filling in for Davi Millsaps. These guys being competitive is good for Supercross.
NOTE: Marvin Musquin, Justin Bogle, Dean Wilson, Jake Weimer, and Benny Bloss are all officially active for tonight’s race.
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Eli Tomac – Tomac, who won the most races last season, looks to be healthy after his week one shoulder injury. He looked great in his return last week, and will be putting the hammer down in hopes of climbing back into the championship race after essentially getting zero points in two straight weeks. He has won two of the past three Phoenix races and podiumed in his non win.
Jason Anderson – Anderson hasn’t been that great in Phoenix, never finishing on the podium. He is on a mission this season though, as the current points leader, and finished strong last week, winning the third leg of last week’s Triple Crown.
Ken Roczen – Roczen had a disappointing race last week, finishing in the 9th place Wild Card spot. He has fared well in the new venue in Phoenix, winning two years ago. He also finished in second in the final Chase Field race.
Cole Seely – Seely looked great last week, finishing in second in the Triple Crown. He moved in to second in the overall points and now looks to reel in Jason Anderson.
Justin Barcia – Like I’ve previously mentioned, Barcia hasn’t been successful in the past couple of years, but looks extremely fast this year. He does have a win in Phoenix under his belt.
Justin Brayton – Brayton has finished just outside the Top-5 the past two Phoenix races, in 6th and 7th, respectively.
Blake Baggett – Baggett has a 7th place Glendale finish last year.
Weston Peick – Peick missed last year’s Glendale race, but finished 4th three years ago.
Chad Reed – Reed has finished surprisingly well in Glendale the past two years, with a 6th in 2016 and a 2nd last year. He just doesn’t seem to have the same speed this year though.
Marvin Musquin – Musquin has a pair of 9th place finishes in Glendale, and is active for the race after injuring himself in Houston and pulling out of A2 early.
1st: Eli Tomac
2nd: Jason Anderson
3rd: Cole Seely
4th: Ken Roczen
5th: Justin Barcia
Wild Card 6th: Justin Brayton