So… This weekend is going to be another big one for action sports. Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas. Lots of money on the line, lots of money potentially lost in casinos, lots of parties with mind-altering substances, and more and more and more. It’s Vegas, baby.
Though Enarson is probably your favorite street or park rider, he has his sights set on a dirt cup this year. In park he sits in third and definitely has the capability to take the park cup home as well, but he is first in the dirt standings and by far. Brett Banasiewicz and Brandon Dosch are neck and neck in the standings sitting in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and will have to do some serious work (y’know, like winning) to overtake Dennis and take home that top cash prize. In 4th and 5th, Ben Wallace and Kyle Baldock are neck and neck as well and also have the ability to up their standings but keeping riders like Dennis, Brett, and Brandon out of the top 3 is going to be a tough task.
Going back to park, Kyle Baldock has taken a firm lead in the standings with a 1st and 2nd place finish that puts distance between him and Scotty Cranmer, 2nd, and Dennis Enarson, 3rd. Brett Banasiewicz is also in the cup race in 4th place though he is about 40 points behind Baldock. Ryan Nyquist, in 5th, may be out with an injury (hand) but if not he is neck and neck with Banasiewicz and can also lay claim to some metal this weekend. With names like Baldock, Cranmer, Enarson, and Banasiewicz it is a true toss up as far as who walks away with the biggest check. Kyle can continue his dominance and take it home easily or he can have bad runs and Banasiewicz can have the night of his life and pass up everybody. It’s almost pointless to talk about it as we just have to wait and see.
Vert has been a bit of a bore in previous years but we FINALLY have some variables to kick around this season. Jamie Bestwick has swept Dew Tours multiple times and taken home cups with ease but this year he will actually have to fight for first. For the first time in a while, Jamie took second in a Dew Tour event falling behind Steve McCann. Steve sits 14 points behind Jamie and will have to win Vegas to overtake Jamie. Also, Jamie would have to place 3rd as opposed to 2nd… If Jamie takes second he still takes the vert cup home by a whopping FOUR points. Fighting for 3rd place is Vince Byron and Simon Tabron who are tied on the season after taking 3rd and 5th twice this year. Jimmy Walker is 5th on the standings and has to put on a stellar performance to beat the aforementioned and get into a podium position.
Can’t wait to see what happens this year as things get shaken up in all the disciplines. So stay tuned. Vegas. This weekend.
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