Rounding out a great Supercross series, it was at the second to last race in Salt Lake City that may have lost the championship for Reed. Stewart’s own teammate, Kyle Chisholm, was black-flagged for blocking Reed, a move that got Chisholm disqualified. Stewart managed to come out with a 4-point lead as result. Chad Reed later said of the incident, "Who can deny that it wasn’t intentional. His line, the fact that he was a lap down, and the obvious being he is James’ teammate. It was a shame."James Stewart says, "Defending your championship is harder than winning because you have guys that are really hungry to take it from you." SPEED TV has nominated Stewart and Reed for the 2009 Best Rivalry Award.