Trey Canard raced to his third Monster Energy AMA Supercross victory of the season Saturday night, easily holding off Ryan Villopoto in front of 51,509 fans at Cowboys Stadium.
Canard, the rookie American Honda rider from Shawnee, Okla., is fourth in the championship standings, 16 points behind leader Villopoto with four races left in the 17-race season.
"I'm so grateful," Canard said. "So many people from home are here. This is such an awesome day and I'm just so thankful. I knew I needed another good start and it happened again. I tried to put in solid laps, but the whoops were really tough."
Villopoto, the Kawasaki star from Poulsbo, Wash., has a six-point lead over second-place Chad Reed.
"Tonight was crazy," Villopoto said. "I got an OK start. There was a little problem with my bike, but nothing major. I just kept plugging away and things worked in my favor. The track was really tough for 20 laps so sometimes you just got to sit back and let things happen."
Reed finished eighth after contact with James Stewart on the eighth lap. Stewart ran into Reed after losing control of his Yamaha through the whoops. Stewart, arrested in Florida on Monday for impersonating a police officer, rebounded to finish fourth.
Stewart was arrested for using red and blue lights to pull over a vehicle that contained two off-duty troopers. Stewart and his passenger, Quinault Jehrrod, were both charged with felonies. Stewart was charged with impersonating an officer and Jehrrod with tampering with evidence after trying to hide the lights in a backpack. Both were released on cash bonds.
Earlier, Kawasaki's Dean Wilson, from Menifee, Calif., raced to his second straight Supercross Lites victory and third of the season.