AUSTIN, TX – JUNE 03: X Games Austin athlete Rusty Wallace (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
Rusty Wallace came out of racing retirement to participate in this year’s X Games.
He failed to qualify for the finals in Sunday’s off-road truck race.
But he was happy with the experience.
“I got my ass kicked, but I had a great time,” Wallace told ESPN. “I loved it. I really did.”
Wallace is 58. He’s in the NASCAR and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
He’ll have to work a bit more on his X Games racing.
BMX rider Steve McCann was awake and alert after his scary crash in Big Air Doubles, according to X Games officials.
McCann was being transported to the hospital for observation and will be assessed for a head injury.
McCann hit his head on the ramp on his fourth run in Big Air Doubles. He was separated from his bike and slid off the main ramp onto the exit ramp, where he was quickly attended to by the medical staff.
Morgan Wade and Bob Burnquist teamed up to win the inaugural Big Air Doubles competition at Circuit of the Americas.
The new event paired together a skateboarder and a BMX rider, with the top aggregate score claiming the gold medal.
There was a scary moment in the competition when Steve McCann was taken away on a stretcher. McCann hit his head and was being evaluated for a head injury, according to ESPN officials.
McCann did earn a silver medal, teaming up with Elliot Sloan.
Zach Warden and Tom Schaar claimed the bronze medal.
Aussie Kyle Baldock continued his dominance Saturday in BMX Dirt, picking up his third straight gold medal in the event.
His winning score,
which came on the third of three runs, was 90.
Mike Clark took silver for his first-ever X Games medal. His score was 89.
Chris Doyle won bronze. His top score also was 89. It was his fifth career X Games medal, but his first in a decade.
Scott Speed defended his RallyCross gold medal, edging out Steve Sarpin by a slim margin.
The last American to drive in Formula One, Speed has now won the past three X Games RallyCross gold medals dating back to 2013.
Speed ran most of the race with a severely damaged bumper, but it didn’t stop him from taking the lead from Sebastian Eriksson in the fifth lap. He then held the lead for the rest of the race and took the joker – an extra turn each competitor must take once – on the seventh lap.
Speed finished the race in 6 minutes, 20.843 seconds. Sarpin crossed the finish line at 6:21.80.
Eriksson finished third, even though the Swedish driver blew a tire and was running on the metal rim for the final four laps of the 10-lap race.
Alexis Sablone won the women’s skateboard street contest, her third career X Games gold medal.
The 27-year-old recorded the two best scores of the competition. She had an 89.66 on her first run, then bettered her gold-medal winning score with a 92 on her third and final run.
Pamela Rosa, a 14-year-old Brazilian, took silver with a score of 86. Vanessa Torres finished third with a 78.
Curren Caples came into the X Games entered in both skateboard park and street.
He even said his best chances at gold might be on the street course at Circuit of the Americas.
Caples now can readjust his plans. He won the gold medal Saturday afternoon in park, with his score of 86 on the third and final run good enough for first place.
He knocked off Pedro Barras, who had won four of the past five X Games park events. Barras was victorious in Austin last year.
Barras settled for second. His second round score of 84.66 had led the field until Caples final run.
Ronnie Sandoval was third with an 82.
Crowd favorite Ben Raybourn, who grew up outside Houston, finished sixth.
Daniel Sandoval, with a score of 92.66, won the gold medal in BMX Park Friday afternoon at the X Games.
It was the first career X Games victory for the 19-year-old Sandoval. He earned bronze in Austin last year.
Dennis Enarson was the silver medalist. He’ll be competing in two other events this weekend in Austin.
Scotty Cranmer was third with a score of 89.66.
Austin’s Chase Hawk, who won the event last year, finished seventh. His top score was the 84.66 he posted in the second of three rounds.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon took home the gold medal in the skateboard vert, the 20th overall medal of his X Games career.
Gagnon had the best two runs of the competition. He recorded an 88 on his first run and then upped his score to 92.33 on his second of three chances.
Paul-Luc Ronchetti claimed silver with an 86, while Sam Beckett finished third and took home the bronze medal with an 82.33 on his final run.
Multiple riders said they had to make adjustments to the wind and heat in the middle of the day at Circuit of Americas.
In 2014, skateboard vert was held downtown at night, under much cooler and calmer conditions.
The streak is over.
Vince Byron, a 25-year-old Aussie, knocked off England’s Jamie Bestwick to win BMX Vert, Friday, to open the X Games at Circuit of the Americas.
Bestwick had won the last nine BMX Vert finals, an X Games record.
Bestwick bowed to the crowd after his second and final run, knowing that his last try wasn’t good enough to beat Byron’s.
Bestwick then asked to place the gold medal around Byron’s neck. The two were the only ones in the field to crack 90. Bestwick’s best score was a 91.
England’s Simon Tabron, who was the silver medalist in Austin last year, won bronze with a score of 89.66.