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X Games: Brian Deegan takes gold; Pastrana crashes in final lap

July 31, 2011 |  4:29 pm


Brian Deegan crossed the finish line first in the RallyCross final Sunday, and to Deegan, that is all that mattered.

To fans, though, the question was how did Travis Pastrana do? Pastrana, who had a broken right leg and ankle, drove with a customized steering wheel complete with a gas pedal and was in position for a bronze medal before crashing with less than half a lap left.

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Tanner Foust claimed the silver medal and Marcus Gronholm slipped by the sidelined Subaru of Pastrana for bronze.

Liam Doran took the lead off the starting line, but a sloppy first turn relegated him to the back of the field.

Fourteen-time X Games gold medalist Dave Mirra spent most of the race in fourth, holding off a charging Pastrana, before spinning out on the sixth lap.


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-- Douglas Farmer

Photo: Brian Deegan takes a jump in his car during the the RallyCross final on the streets of downtown L.A. on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times