No. 5 Chad Reed
Photograph By Steve Cox
In the season opener in Anaheim, Chad Reed watched Villopoto make a costly error on Lap 9, which allowed Reed to jump ahead of the defending champ, and then he took advantage of an aggressive James Stewart on Lap 12, who was aiming for the lead but fell in his attempt. After a short duel, Dungey ultimately passed Reed for second place with Reed finishing third. Reed then struggled to a sixth-place finish the next week in Phoenix, and sits in fifth place.