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Unfortunately, James got off to a rocky start in Toronto’s Rogers Centre over the weekend. It started with a practice collision that left Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco with a possible broken hand; carried over into the main event, where he had a few aggressive passes with eventual race winner Chad Reed; and then spiraled out of control at the end when he jumped off the track after brushing wheels with Reed, then came back on the track directly in from of SoBe/Samsung Honda’s Travis Preston. Stewart took the entire blow with his right ankle, and Preston was knocked out of the race.
How did it all go so wrong so quickly? Good question. But I believe the problem for James is the same problem Ricky had back in 1999: he’s just trying too hard to be too fast. His aggressive passes on Reed were answered, which made for great racing and had the crowd on its feet cheering wildly as the two battled for the right to take over Ricky’s role as the sport’s top star. The contact that sent him off the track came from behind him—it was Reed who touched his back wheel—and his hurry to get back in there caused the ugly crash with Preston. The guy just wants to win in the worst way, and his lack of patience continues to haunt him.
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