Supercross: Tomac, Bogle end KTM win streaks in Detroit

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After watching Red Bull KTM sweep both classes for three consecutive weeks, it was GEICO Honda’s turn to accomplish the feat Saturday night in Detroit. Eli Tomac won the 450 Class main event, while Justin Bogle took the top spot in the 250 Class during Round 12 of the Monster Energy Supercross season.

For Tomac, it’s his second win of the year, and he had to battle the championship favorite to earn it.

450SX points leader Ryan Dungey grabbed the early lead but soon came under fire from Tomac. Once he overtook Dungey for the top spot on lap 5, Tomac was fully in control, extending his lead with each subsequent lap turned at Ford Field.

Although his three-race win streak was snapped, a second-place finish for Dungey allowed him to increase his points lead to 67 over Trey Canard.

As for Canard, he was unable to race the main event after a crash in his semifinal race in which he landed on Jake Weimer. The race was red-flagged while both riders were attended to. Canard reportedly suffered a broken arm in the incident.

The defending champion of the 250SX East Region, Justin Bogle recorded his first win of the season in the class. The wire-to-wire victory came at a much-needed time too, as Marvin Musquin had won three straight and was beginning to open up a significant championship lead.

Musquin would settle for the runner-up spot – finishing six seconds behind Bogle – but still holds a 13-point edge in the championship standings over the GEICO Honda rider.

Joey Savatgy rounded out the podium in third, matching his best finish of the season.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes next Saturday in St. Louis.

Detroit 450SX Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ryan Dungey (-11.8 seconds)
3. Cole Seely
4. Chad Reed
5. Davi Millsaps

450SX Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, 271
2. Trey Canard, 204
3. Eli Tomac, 194
4. Cole Seely, 180
5. Chad Reed, 170

Detroit 250SX Results
1. Justin Bogle
2. Marvin Musquin (-6.0 seconds)
3. Joey Savatgy
4. Jeremy Martin
5. Anthony Rodriguez

250SX East Point Standings
1. Marvin Musquin, 144
2. Justin Bogle, 131
3. Jeremy Martin, 103
4. Joey Savatgy, 93
5. RJ Hampshire, 84

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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