Bench Racing Ammo: Reed Vs. StewartTuesday, December 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM
It's the bench racing gift that keeps on giving. The twelfth professional racing season in the U.S. looms for both James Stewart and Chad Reed, which makes it by far the longest-running rivalry in the sport's history. But newbies like The Ryans have moved in on the championship turf, so we're not sure how many more times we'll see James versus Chad alone out front for the win (you can go back to Oakland last year for a look, or, of course, the Battle of Atlanta 2011). Like Clark Griswold being told he had to be nice to Uncle Lewis because “He's old and it could be his last Christmas,” we need to enbrace Reed/Stewart while it's still around. The Ryans have chosen to take the high road and shy away from the drama. Where's the fun in that?
Reed/Stewart makes the perfect gift. Stewart has been known as the fastest man on the planet (yup, we went there) and boasts a ridiculous 50 percent career SX win percentage to back it up. Reed can be called the most consistent in the game, though, with a staggering 80 percent career podium rate. Both have two career SX Titles and are very close in career wins. And such close competition has boiled over to off-track drama the likes of which we might not ever see again (although quietly, the Justin Barcia fans are rubbing their hands together).
But we've spent a dozen years writing and talking about Stewart/Reed. And, it's Christmas and we've got stuff to do. However, if today's family time starts to lag, and if you want to head to your favorite Supercross and Motocross website for a break (thanks!), why not spread a little Christmas cheer with a post below? Lets blow out Stewart v. Reed one more time. Who has had the better career? Who will be better this year? What are you favorite moments?
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