Trey Canard of Shawnee will be racing his Honda motorcycle inside Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night, when the Monster Energy Supercross Series rolls into Arlington, Texas.
Canard, who missed most of last season with a broken back, returned to the series with a second-place finish in the first race of the season. He led until the last lap.
“I really did not know what to expect after such a long lay off,” said Canard. “I just wanted to come out and get the feel of racing again. To go out there and lead so many laps was great.
“I know I finished second, but to me, it still feels like a win.”
Canard has since had five more top-five finishes. He enters Saturday's 7 p.m. race — the seventh of the season — tied for third place in the national standings with defending champion Ryan Villopoto. Ten more races are scheduled after the Cowboys Stadium stop.
“I have struggled a bit in the last two races with my starts” Canard said. “With all the talent out there on the track you really have to gate well, because it is really tough to come from the back.”
The Cowboys Stadium event makes Canard feel closer to home.
“I am excited for the chance to be racing in front of my friends and family,” Canard said. “It gives me a boost, knowing they are in the stands cheering for me. I would like nothing better than to get my first win of this season in front of them.”
Canard won the 2011 event at Cowboys Stadium.