Eli Tomac Scores Record Setting Victory in Daytona Supercross

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Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL — March 4, 2023

The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship series and Monster Energy Supercross seasons continue this weekend from historic Daytona International Speedway. NBC Sports’ Supercross analyst Ricky Carmichael, a five-time Daytona Supercross race winner, designed the course at Daytona International Speedway for the 16th consecutive year.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best. It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging, and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes,” said Carmichael. “Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win. This track is going to produce great racing, and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

A new tradition will begin at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night as Justin Brayton will become the first grand marshal in Daytona Supercross history for the March 4th event, the track announced.

Daytona Supercross is the longest continuous Supercross race in America, dating back to 1971, but has never had a grand marshal to kick off the race. In what is already one of the most electric pre-race ceremonies in sports, Brayton will give the command to drop the gate following the world-class pyrotechnics and dazzling lights show.

The Monster Energy Girls are always popular with the fans / Lasco Press Photo

The 2023 Daytona Supercross will be the 600th 250SX Class round in Supercross history. Daytona also hosted the 500th round of 250SX Class racing in 2017, which was won by Adam Cianciarulo on a Kawasaki.

Arlington Recap

Last week in Arlington, Texas, Cooper Webb (158 pts) won his second race of the season and narrowed Eli Tomac’s lead atop the 450SX Class standings to only two points (160 pts). Chase Sexton sits in third place with 155 points.

Eli Tomac (1-4-6) secured his 89th career podium and held onto the red plate after a small slip ruined his plans for a seventh Triple Crown overall. He ties Kevin Windham for fifth all-time in top-five finishes with 113 and is looking ahead to Daytona, where he is the all-time wins leader with six at the historic speedway.

Eli Tomac looks to increase his winning total at Daytona / Lasco Press Photo

Nate Thrasher (2-2-3) scored his fourth 250SX Class win with an exciting Triple Crown victory in Arlington. He now has five podiums, and nine top-five finishes with his 21 250SX Class starts. For the second Triple Crown in a row and the third time ever, the overall winner pulled a “reverse sweep,” in which you win an overall without winning a Race.

Hunter Lawrence (1-3-6; 3rd) holds onto the red plate heading into Daytona, where he has only raced one time before, a sixth-place finish in 2021.

Daytona 250 SX Heats

In Heat One for the 250 East riders, Tom Vialle(128) led the first lap, and Nate Thrasher(29) led the rest of them. Pulling away to a comfortable four-and-a-half second advantage at the checkered flag.

Hunter Lawrence(96) had to work a bit harder in Heat Two. Jordon Smith(58) led early and held the top spot for the first half of the race. As Lawrence closed, the pair took opposite lanes through the

Daytona 450 SX Heats

In Heat One, it was all Eli Tomac(3) as he led from start to finish. The top three held their positions through the entire six-minute moto, with Ken Roczen(94) and Justin Barcia(51) finishing second and third, respectively.

RJ Hampshire(24), in his first 450 SX start, looked like a seasoned veteran on the big bike as he led wire-to-wire in Heat Two. Cooper Webb(2) and Chase Sexton(23) had nothing for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider as he made the win look easy.

RJ Hampshire scores a heat win at Daytona / Lasco Press Photo

Daytona 250 SX Main Event

After the 250 SX heats, the crowd was expecting a real battle between Hunter Lawrence and Nate Thrasher. The 250 SX East leaders did not disappoint. While Tom Vialle grabbed the holeshot, Lawrence and Thrasher went after each other in second and third on lap one. Lawrence quickly took care of business, undercutting Thrasher and putting him in the dirt.

Hunter Lawrence / Lasco Press Photo

Vialle crashed out of the event, and it was all Lawrence to the checkered flag. Max Anstie put in another solid effort to take second, and much to the delight of the Daytona fans, Haiden Deegan finished in third. In just his fourth professional race, Deegan earns the first podium of his young career.

Thrasher had worked himself back into the top ten just past the mid-way point of the moto when he crashed again. He managed to return to the 10th spot but will lose a bunch of points to Lawrence in the East Standings.

Daytona 250 SX East Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE TEAM/SPONSORS
 1 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
 2 63 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R Fire Power Honda
 3 238 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 4 58 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 5 6 Jeremy Martin Yamaha YZ250F Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha
 6 832 Chance Hymas Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
 7 57 Chris Blose Kawasaki KX250 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
 8 285 Coty Schock Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 9 67 Cullin Park Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 10 29 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 11 50 Marshal Weltin Suzuki RM-Z250 Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki
 12 91 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF250R Valley Ford Truck, Dean Hushon Insulation, Wiseco, SKDA, 6D
 13 99 Hardy Munoz Husqvarna FC 250 Namura, Invictus Speed Crew
 14 460 Michael Hicks Honda CRF250R TiLube Honda Racing, Storm Lake Honda, FXR, 6D, X Brand
 15 86 Josiah Natzke Kawasaki KX250 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 16 170 Devin Simonson Kawasaki KX250 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 17 192 Jack Chambers KTM 250 SX-F Rocky Mountain ATV MC, Rides Unlimited Racing
 18 339 Talon Hawkins Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
 19 62 Jace Owen Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 20 243 Caden Braswell Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 21 31 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
 22 128 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

 

250 SX East Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN TOTAL POINTS
 1 96 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 99
 2 63 Max Anstie Cairo, GA 85
 3 238 Haiden Deegan Tallahassee, FL 74
 4 58 Jordon Smith Ochlocknee, GA 71
 5 6 Jeremy Martin Rochester, MN 71
 6 29 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 70
 7 832 Chance Hymas Pocatello, ID 60
 8 128 Tom Vialle Murrieta, CA 53
 9 57 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ 53
 10 31 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL 51
 11 285 Coty Schock Dover, DE 44
 12 62 Jace Owen Mattoon, IL 39
 13 67 Cullin Park Clermont, FL 37
 14 99 Hardy Munoz Kissimmee, FL 31
 15 339 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 31
 16 66 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 30
 17 91 Jeremy Hand Mantua, OH 24
 18 50 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI 19
 19 460 Michael Hicks Fenton, MO 16
 20 247 Brock Papi Clermont, Fl 16
 21 243 Caden Braswell Shalimar, FL 14
 22 125 Luke Neese Jamestown, NC 13
 23 170 Devin Simonson Laurinburg, NC 12
 24 86 Josiah Natzke Hamer, SC 10
 25 192 Jack Chambers Auburndale, FL 6

 

Daytona 450 SX Main Event

Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot into the first turn. However, as he and Cooper Webb raced through the rhythm section down the front stretch of the Daytona trioval, it was Webb who came out on top.

Eli Tomac / Lasco Press Photo

Chase Sexton looked to make a move past Tomac. But the Daytona specialist held off the charge. Sexton then fell into the clutches of Justin Barcia. With seven minutes down, Tomac caught Webb in the sand section and made the pass. Fighting back, Sexton collided with Tomac and recaptured the top spot.

Tomac gathered his momentum and again began to cut the interval on Webb. Just before halfway, Tomac made a successful pass and quickly put some distance between himself and Webb.

Sexton pounced on Webb’s misfortune, and he began to put some pressure on the Red Bull KTM rider. That struggle for position brought Justing Barcia into the fray. Sexton and Barcia have a history together already this year. They added to it at Daytona as the pair collided three times, with Barcia getting the worst of the exchange by going down.

Justin Barcia / Lasco Press Photo

At the front, Tomac pulled away briefly. Webb made another run at the defending champion but could not get close enough to put a move on the leader.

Cooper Webb / Lasco Press Photo

Tomac’s win, his seventh at Daytona, tied him with Richard Petty for most victories at the storied “World Center of Racing.” The victory also pushed Tomac past Ricky Carmichael into third place on the Supercross All-time Wins list with 49.

With his second-place finish, Webb stayed close in the points, just five behind Tomac. Sexton now trails the champ by ten markers. Sexton, Barcia, and Jason Anderson(21) rounded out the top five.

Daytona 450 SX Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE TEAM/SPONSORS
 1 1 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 2 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
 3 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R Team Honda HRC
 4 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
 5 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR Monster Energy Kawasaki
 6 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
 7 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki
 8 24 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
 9 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
 10 28 Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
 11 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R Fire Power Honda
 12 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
 13 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
 14 78 Grant Harlan Yamaha YZ450F Rock River Yamaha
 15 751 Josh Hill KTM 450 SX-F Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
 16 44 Benny Bloss Yamaha YZ450F Yamaha,Truck Central LLC, FXR, Arai, Alpinestars, Pod
 17 519 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 Psychic Motorsports/T3 Civil/Ronnie Prado Company, Cardinal
 18 60 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F FXR, General Grind & Machine, JSR Motorsports
 19 73 John Short Kawasaki KX450SR MaddParts.com, Big Buildings Direct, Ronnie Prado Company
 20 68 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 21 219 Chase Marquier Kawasaki KX450 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 22 74 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX450 Only Fans, Oneal, TCD, Rabbit Savior, Kennedy Cycles

450 SX Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN TOTAL POINTS
 1 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 186
 2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 181
 3 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 176
 4 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 148
 5 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 138
 6 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 135
 7 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 132
 8 28 Christian Craig Clermont, FL 103
 9 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 85
 10 45 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA 84
 11 15 Dean Wilson Menifee, CA 82
 12 32 Justin Cooper Tallahassee, FL 76
 13 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 75
 14 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 73
 15 14 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL 56
 16 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 53
 17 751 Josh Hill Huntersville, NC 42
 18 44 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 37
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 28
 20 80 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 26
 21 60 Justin Starling Riverview, FL 25
 22 78 Grant Harlan Decatur, TX 23
 23 519 Joshua Cartwright Fort Worth, TX 23
 24 68 Cade Clason Cameron, NC 19
 25 24 RJ Hampshire Minneola, FL 15