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Matt Brabham earns win and runner-up in Stadium Super Trucks at Toronto

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While still pursuing a full-time ride in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Matt Brabham is making quite a name for himself in Robby Gordon’s Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks Series.

Brabham earned his third win of the season this past Saturday in Toronto, defeating defending champion and Traxxas teammate Sheldon Creed.

With Creed literally riding his bumper, Brabham was able to hold on for the win in what a series press release called “a memorable win in what could be regarded as one of the great races since Stadium Super Trucks was inaugurated.”

Brabham had hoped to make it back-to-back wins in another race on the same course the following day, but fell one spot short, finishing second to Creed.

“In the second race, the other guys got through the traffic a bit better than I did, but I was able to bump draft with Robby (Gordon) and Sheldon and be right in the mix,” Brabham said. “In the closing stages there it again came down to Sheldon and I and we swapped the lead back and forth almost every corner.

“I got slightly ahead on the final lap and thought I could snatch the win right before the second last jump. However Sheldon and I touched and I had to bail out of the jumps at the last minute.

“Both races were crazy with lots of battles and a plenty of passing.”

A win and runner-up showing in two days allowed Brabham to maintain his lead in the series’ North American standings, and is a close second to Creed in the world championship standings.

“It was a fun weekend and I really enjoyed the hard racing and the show that the Traxxas Stadium Super Trucks were able to put on for the fans,” Brabham said in a media release. “I’m very happy to come away with the overall win for the weekend and maintain the Series lead.

“The whole weekend was a huge battle and really awesome. It feels great to get a win here in Toronto and a Traxxas one-two with Sheldon.”

Through the first 14 rounds of the series this season, Brabham has earned wins at Detroit (both races there in early June) and the first of this past weekend’s two Toronto races.

He also has runner-up finishes at St. Petersburg 1, Long Beach 1, Townsville 3 (Australia) and in this past weekend’s second Toronto race.

Brabham also has seven other finishes between third and fifth place, meaning he has never finished a race in the series this season lower than fifth place.

Other drivers that took part in the weekend’s SST racing action in Toronto included Canadian native and former IndyCar champ (and NBCSN IndyCar analyst) Paul Tracy, IndyCar driver Max Papis and 2016 Dakar motorcycle winner Toby Price.

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Adam Cianciarulo serves notice with Monster Energy Cup win

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In his debut on a 450 Kawasaki, Adam Cianciarulo held off teammate Eli Tomac in a hotly contested final Main to win the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium: One race; one win.

“My first thought was, ‘what I life I get to live,’ ” Cianciarulo told NBCSN after the race. “That whole race I knew (Eli) was behind me. We had a gap and I knew it was going to come down to the Joker Lane.”

For Cianciarulo, it was all about managing pressure. He earned the holeshot in the first and final Mains. In the first race, he lost his bike and the lead under the bridge. In the final Main, he withstood a fierce charge for 10 laps from one of the best riders ever in Supercross.

Tomac stalked Cianciarulo for eight laps. At one point, he made the pass, but Cianciarulo expertly executed a crossover move and retook the point in the same corner. Tomac knew he was going to have to change things up if he wanted to make a pass for the lead and the overall win.

“Going into the Joker, I couldn’t really ever make the pass stick, so I thought let me get in this thing a lap early and see if I can make the speed up on the track,” Tomac said after the race.

He had a reason to believe it would turn out in his favor because he used the tactic in the second Main and made up four spots on the track – advancing from seventh to fourth.

“Just the opportunity to race with Eli,” Cianciarulo continued from Victory Lane. “You know, he’s accomplished so much and just to be out there on the track with him. I’m just stoked to be out there with him.”

Cianciarulo would have been forgiven if he thought Las Vegas owed him something. Entering the Supercross season finale this year, he only needed a clean finish to win the 250 West championship. He crashed and handed the win over to Dylan Ferrandis, but instead of allowing that to frustrate him, Cianciarulo used it as motivation.

“(Winning this race) is a little bit of redemption, but to be honest with you I look at (the accident in) Vegas now after winning the outdoor motocross championship as something that helped me get there,” Cianciarulo said. “It’s helped me grow.”

With his overall win, Cianciarulo pocketed a $100,000 check. The payday could have been $1 million if any rider had been able to win all three Mains. Instead, three Mains featured three different riders. Tomac won the first Main, Malcolm Stewart the second, and Cianciarulo the third.

Tomac stormed to the lead in the first Main and was slicing through the field in Main 2 before he flipped his bike on a bad landing. He fell from challenging for the lead to 10th. Ten laps does not allow a lot of time to make up for a mistake, but Tomac was able to make up significant time by taking the Joker Lane one lap before Cianciarulo and Stewart.

Malcolm Stewart finished third in his return to Supercross racing. SupercrossLive.com

Stewart would win the second Main, completing a comeback nine months in the making. Early in the Supercross season, he crashed hard in Phoenix and broke his femur.

“I’ve been waiting nine months for all this; I’m just having fun out there.” Stewart said at the end of Main 2. “We’ve got another race to go and hopefully we’re on the top step, but if not, we’re already making dreams come true. I’ve already marked things off my checklist. It was just to win a Main Event.”

Entering the final Main Cianciarulo, Tomac, and Stewart were in a dead heat in regard to points. Cianciarulo finished second in the first two Mains, Tomac had a 1-3 with Stewart at a 3-1. The battle would be a “winner takes all” scenario.

How they finished in the final Main determined the overall result with Stewart finishing third in the race and overall standings.

Vince Friese had the ride of his life. With a 4-5-5, he finished fourth.

Friese was also trying to erase an injury-plagued season.

“I had a good (2019) season going,” Friese said. “I don’t think I got to show everything I had. It was frustrating getting hurt just a few races in and five months off the motorcycle is not fun, so I was hungry tonight.”

The World Champion Tim Gajser scored a 7-4-4 and rounded out the top five.

Dean Wilson crashed hard in the last lap of practice. He was transported to the hospital with a leg injury.

Evan Ferry won the Supermini division on the strength of winning both Mains. Gavin Towers and Myles Gilmore rounded out the top three.

In 250 Futures, Jett Lawrence won both Mains and the overall. Jalek Swoll and Brock Papi rounded out the top three.

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