This isn’t Chad Reed’s best season, but it’s likely going to be one that helps him set a record. If Chad lines up in the main this weekend, he will tie Mike LaRocco atop the all-time AMA Supercross starts list with 227. If he makes it in at Tampa next weekend, he’ll break the record, which is amazing timing since Tampa is basically Reed’s adopted home in the U.S.
Makes grinding out some Last Chance Qualifiers and dealing with a bad ankle a little more worth it, right?
Expect much hoopla as Reed ties and breaks this record. For now, let’s reintroduce the Oldest Supercross Winners stat sheet for this week’s The List.
By the way, Reedy is now 35 (he’ll be 36 in March). A win at any point would smash LaRocco’s other record.
Birthdate: February 21, 1971
Last win: March 20, 2004 | Indianapolis
Age at time of last win: 33 years, 1 month, 8 days
LaRocco’s win was storybook: it took place at his home race in Indianapolis, a place where he had never won. He also got the holeshot, which, if you know LaRocco’s career, you know almost NEVER happened. The crowd went nuts from beginning to end in this one.
Birthdate: March 15, 1982
Last win: February 21, 2015 | Atlanta
Age at time of last win: 32 years, 11 months, 6 days
Chad was in that Indy race that LaRocco won in 2004. He had just turned 22 years old and was heading to his first AMA Supercross Championship. That night, he crashed in the first turn and came all the way back for third. He was still mad that he didn’t win—and now, years later, it probably stings more because had Chad beaten Mike in 2004, his Atlanta 2015 win would make him the oldest SX winner ever.
In that Atlanta race, Chad held off a Ryan Dungey charge to score a popular win. It still stands as his latest supercross win—we’re smart enough to not use the word “last” here. You never know with Reedy!
Birthdate: August 10, 1965
Last win: April 18, 1998 | Charlotte
Age at time of last win: 32 years, 6 months, 10 days
If anyone did not seem destined to win a 250 supercross race, it was John Dowd. A workhorse who didn’t even start racing until age 21, he was so bad at timing supercross jumps in his early days that his Yamaha teammates started calling him “frame stretcher.” But Dowd kept working. And working. And working. He was good enough to win the 1998 125 SX West Region Championship. Along the way, when the series headed East, Dowd hopped on a YZ250 and won a mudder in Charlotte. At the time, this set the record for oldest winner.
Birthdate: February 28, 1978
Last win: May 1, 2010 | Salt Lake City
Age at time of last win: 32 years, 2 months, 13 days
When K-Dub got hot, he could beat anyone, and late in 2010 he found his groove and reeled off the win in SLC. He also won the race the weekend before in Seattle, so this is certainly the oldest win streak in the sport. At both races, the fans were going crazy!
Birthdate: June 22, 1961
Last win: June 8, 1991 | Oklahoma City
Age at time of last win: 29 years, 11 months, 17 days
Wardy set the old standard for longevity in the sport. Back in these days, 26 was considered old. With this win during the 1991 season, Ward recorded at least one supercross win in eight consecutive seasons, a record at the time. That McGrath guy went on to get wins in nine consecutive seasons.
Birthdate: November 28, 1982
Last win: April 21, 2012 | Seattle
Age at time of last win: 29 years, 4 months, 24 days
The 2012 field was decimated by injuries, including home state boy and AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, who crashed on the first lap of this race and tore his ACL. This left the win up for grabs, and Andrew Short, one of the oldest riders in the field, battled Ken Roczen, one of the youngest, for the victory. Shorty came out on top for his only career 450SX win.
Birthdate: November 19, 1971
Last win: January 20, 2001
Age at time of last win: 29 years, 2 months, 1 day
McGrath holds most supercross records, so of course he’s in the hunt in this category as well.
Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Last win: January 30, 1999 | Seattle SX
Age at time of last win: 28 years, 9 months, 11 days
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: no one had a career like Larry Ward. He won a race in Seattle, his home race, at age 19 in 1990. He didn’t win another until 1998! Then he won again in ’99, in the same building where he won that first race nine years earlier!
Birthdate: September 26, 1956
Last win: March 19, 1985
Age at time of last win: 28 years, 5 months, 21 days
Twenty-eight was considered ancient by the standards of the day, but on rough tracks, Hannah could still fly. This one happened at Daytona, where Bob was a beast.
Birthdate: December 21, 1985
Last win: March 29, 2004 | St. Louis
Age at time of last win: 28 years, 3 months, 8 days
Stewart outdueled Ryan Villopoto for this win, so it was a satisfying one. It was also the 50th win of his career. Only he and Jeremy McGrath are in the 50-win club. (MC is also in the 60- and 70-win club, though!)
Birthdate: May 16, 1960
Last win: June 18, 1988
Age at time of last win: 28 years, 1 month, 12 days
A rare walk-off—this was the last AMA Supercross race of Glover’s career, and also the last he would race on a Yamaha, which had been his lifelong backer. The following year, Glover headed to Europe to help KTM develop a new generation of bikes in the Grand Prix circuit.
Birthdate: June 30, 1973
Last win: June 15, 1991 | San Jose
Age at time of last win: 27 years, 11 months, 15 days
A feel-good win, because everyone loved Dr. D. This was not only his last win, but also his first. His Yamaha teammate Damon Bradshaw almost caught Doug at the finish, but Bradshaw, who famously hated second, seemed as pumped as Doug!
Birthdate: August 11, 1946
Last win: March 10, 1974 | Daytona
Age at time of last win: 27 years, 6 months, 29 days
Karsmakers was something of a mercenary, hired by Yamaha to move away from the Grand Prix circuit and bring his competitiveness and his knowledge to their new YZ weapon. Being from Holland, he was a superb sand rider, and Daytona was right up his alley. Interestingly, he won this race twice—he also won the 1973 version in the 500 Class, but that race predated "AMA Supercross" as a series and instead counted as the opening round of the AMA National Motocross Championship.
Birthdate: August 14, 1951
Last win: March 10, 1979 | Daytona
Age at time of last win: 27 years, 6 months, 24 days
Again, ancient by the standards of the day. The Jammer’s 1979 season also included the famous “paddle tire race” on a sandy track in Oakland. This Daytona win, two months later, came on actual knobbies. Weinert finished the year a solid second in points to Bob Hannah.
Birthdate: December 4, 1989
Last win: April 29, 2017 | East Rutherford
Age at time of last win: 27 years, 4 months, 25 days
No one really thought of Dungey as old last year, but it turns out he was on his way toward retirement. His teammate Marvin Musquin was riding really well on this night, but, ahem, the record book has this one down as a win for Dungey.