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Desoto, Texas (March 21, 2009)—The third-annual USA Cycling BMX National Championships welcomed nearly 500 athletes to suburban Dallas on Saturday as competitors of all ages and abilities raced for national titles in the newest Olympic discipline of cycling. And despite all three 2008 U.S. Olympians in the elite men’s field, local Dallas-area resident Jason Rogers (Mesquite, Texas) wound up capturing one of the biggest wins of his career. 

Rogers took home the Stars-and-Stripes jersey from an elite men’s final that also featured Olympic medalists Mike Day (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif.), defending champion Kyle Bennett (Conroe, Texas), future star Joey Bradford (Monterey, Calif.), Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala.), Danny Caluag (Chino, Calif.) and Matt Kelty (Dover, Del.)…. 

Lance Armstrong will race against the past two Tour de France winners when the five-day Vuelta of Castilla and Leon begins Monday.

The seven-time Tour champion will line up against Spanish cyclists Carlos Sastre (2008) and Alberto Contador (2007) for the first time since his return this season after three and a half years in retirement.

The 37-year-old Armstrong finished 125th in the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday, his first race in Europe since his comeback from retirement.

“(The race) will give me a real indication of where I am. I think …  Details

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Rivera’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Wins in World Challenge GT Debut at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 20, 2009) – Tony Rivera, of Missouri City, Texas, became the first SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT driver to win in his series debut in five years, taking the season opener at Sebring International Raceway, part of the 57th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Starting third in the No. 97 Tax Masters / Mirage Group Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, Rivera moved to second behind polesitter Dino Crescentini’s No. 4 Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the standing start. By the end of the first lap, Eric Curran was in second in his No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette. The trio ran in that order until Curran made his move on Crescentini in Tune One on lap four. Rivera followed suit a lap later around the outside of Crescentini in Turn 15 with Brandon Davis putting his No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang into third two corners later.

Curran’s lead ranged from one car length to as much as two seconds …  Details

Car count has been a big topic of conversation at Sebring International Raceway this week, with the very real prospect of seeing much smaller fields than the 28 cars that started Saturday’s 12-hour American Le Mans Series opener.

The starting lineup had only four fewer cars than last year’s race and the most exciting battle on the 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring circuit was waged in the elite LMP1 class, with two Acuras, two Audis and two Peugeots competing for the overall title. But only the Acuras will be on hand in two weeks when the ALMS moves on to the streets of St. Petersburg, with the other two manufacturers leaving the series to concentrate on European sports car racing’s biggest event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Audi and Peugeot may or may not return later this year …  Details


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