In the second heat race, reigning champ James Stewart collided in mid-air with Kyle Partridge. Both riders hit the ground hard. Stewart, in visible pain, managed to walk off the track under his own power. He came back to win the last-chance qualifier. In the Main, Stewart and Chad Reed, the 2008 titlist, were battling mid-pack when they came together in a turn. Both riders went down in what can only be described as a "racing accident." Unfortunately, Reed suffered a broken hand and was forced to pull out of the race—his second DNF in two weeks. Stewart, meanwhile, was able to remount and finish 15th.