Supercross: Results and points standings after Round 17 at Salt Lake

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Eli Tomac became the oldest rider in Supercross history to win his first championship in the premier 450 division as Zach Osborne won the 2020 season finale Sunday.

Tomac, 27, clinched the title with a fifth-place finish that snapped a streak of seven consecutive podiums in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Cooper Webb, the only other eligible championship contender, fell in a first turn pileup and finished eighth, ending a string of eight consecutive podiums.

With the first 450 victory of his career, Osborne became the first rider other than Tomac, Webb and Ken Roczen to win during the final seven rounds.

All of the events were contested at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, after the series was paused for an 85-day layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Jason Anderson, who led a race-high 15 laps, until he lost his seat with a few minutes remaining, finished second, followed by Dean Wilson (who led six laps) and Malcolm Stewart.

Webb finished second in the season standings, five points ahead of Roczen, who was seventh in the finale.

In what could be the final 450 event of his storied career, two-time champion Chad Reed finished 10th.

Click here for Round 17 450 main results | Final 450 points standings

The 250 East/West Showdown finale delivered some interesting twists when a red flag on Lap 2 necessitated a full restart of the main event.

In the 250 West class, Dylan Ferrandis successfully defended his championship after needing to advance through the Last Chance Qualifier. Ferrandis crashed hard in the heat race but rebounded by winning the LCQ.

In the Showdown, Ferrandis got a tough start and was running seventh when Austin Forkner, the other title contender, crashed hard on the second lap while running second. An injured Forkner wasn’t present for the race’s full restart, handing the championship to Ferrandis (who finished fourth in the main event despite another fall) for the second consecutive year.

In the 250 East class, Shane McElrath caught a tough break when the race was restarted, wiping out a big lead he had on championship rival Chase Sexton. After the restart, Sexton got a better start and worked with teammate Jett Lawrence to get past McElrath and into the lead.

Sexton won the main event (his fifth of the season) and his second consecutive 250 championship while McElrath finished second.

Click here for Round 17 250 main results | Final 250 East points standings | Final 250 West points standings

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”