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Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block has not had the cleanest record at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Wellsboro, Pa.
His car broke last year, he crashed the year before that and he rolled his car this year.
However, his luck may have changed. Block set the fastest times on the opening stages of this year's rally, helping him to finish with his second win of the season over the weekend.
Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino also had three DNFs in their previous four starts.
Block said his bad-luck streak is not over until he finishes at least three or four more events.
Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom, also members of the Subaru Rally Team USA, took second place after losing a minute to suspension damage on day one.
Drivers Bill Bacon and Peter Watt took their first U.S. podium together, earning third place.
Rally rookie Brian Deegan and his co-driver, Chrissie Beavis, repaired a broken driveshaft after a rough day-one stage, then the duo went off road on day two and did further damage before they lost their brakes on the second-to-last stage. The team still managed to cross the finish line, and Deegan says he expects to receive an "at-large" invitation to the X Games Rally competition.
The Susquehannock Trail event has been run since 1977. The 2009 contest featured a return to the two-day format with a daylight schedule for spectators.
The 2009 Rally America National Championship series consists of nine events throughout the country in many different weather and road conditions. The next event is the New England Forest Rally in Bethel, Maine, on July 11 and 12. Top teams in the series also are invited to compete in the Summer X Games.
Pastrana, Block, Andrew Comrie-Picard, Dave Mirra, Tanner Foust and Matt Johnson have accepted first-round invitations to the X Games. After the first five rounds of the championship, Bacon, Andi Mancin, Piotr Wiktorczyk and Arkadiusz Gruszka are expected to fill out the X Games field with two "at-large" drivers to be named.
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