Brack landed heavily and damaged the front of his car. His team was concerned that a broken cooler might have caused engine damage.
As expected, in the first round, Brack easily beat out Keeney to move to the quarterfinals. There he went up against Mirra, whom he beat in a close race.
In the first round, Block was pitted against Brian Deegan in the third Fiesta. Everyone was horrified when Block purposefully missed the jump, driving along the base perilously close to TV crews and mechanics. The reason -- he'd clipped the edge of a concrete barrier and quickly realized he lacked sufficient speed to make it over the ramp safely, so he had no choice but to skirt it.
Pastrana's first run was against Andrew Comrie-Picard in a WRX, and Pastrana beat him by eight seconds. That left Pastrana as the sole Subaru driver with a chance for the gold.
Brack beat out teammate Foust in the first semifinal race. Pastrana was pitted against Deegan, and this time it was Deegan who had to avoid the ramp in a move similar to Block's, allowing Pastrana an easy win for the final.
After so many anticlimatic runs, everyone was hoping for a sizzling final between Brack and Pastrana. But it was not to be, as Pastrana got out of line in the tight turns on the pavement and spun sideways just before reentering the stadium at the end of his first lap. He was stuck across the track, and Brack had to be red flagged because the course was blocked.
Brack took the gold, Pastrana got the silver, and Foust was rewarded with the bronze.
In the end, the narrower, tighter course appeared to have favored the more nimble rallycross competitors in their quest for the gold at X Games Rally. It will be interesting to see if Rally America and ESPN decide to further handicap rallycross cars next year. If they don't, perhaps Vermont SportsCar will build a specialized lightweight WRX just for X Games. Maybe Block's gymkhana car would be an ideal starting point.
Medal winners left to right: Travis Pastrana: silver; Kenny Brack: gold; Tanner Foust: bronze.
Photo: John Rettie