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Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, coming to you from Petco Park in San Diego. With such a fantastic season unfolding you’ll be sure to want to stay on top of the action all day, and right here is where you can do it. We’ll be updating this page all day, so be sure to check back frequently. For even more updates, be sure to keep up with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Posts are in chronological order, so for the latest news scroll to the bottom.

With so many storylines going on it’s tough to even know where to begin. Let’s start with who’s in and who’s out. Mitch Oldenburg has been dealing with muscle pain in his upper arm since Glendale and wasn’t sure if he was going to race today after going down in Oakland last week and getting seven stitches in his arm. Turns out he’ll miss today’s action. His teammate, Aaron Plessinger, is reportedly not 100 percent either—he’s been battling a bad chest cold—but he’s definitely racing today.

In the 450 ranks Tyler Bowers is still dealing with the effects of his huge crash last week in Oakland. He rode press day yesterday, but after two short sessions he told us he was starting to feel pretty sore, which isn’t surprising seeing as he’s got a broken pinky, some broken ribs, a sprained wrist, a badly bruised shoulder, and a bruised lung. He plans on going out for practice today before making a final decision. Also on the maybe list is Josh Hansen, who’s been dealing with a broken foot. For the first time this season his bike is sporting his actual AMA number, 72, instead of the 100 it’s been wearing in the pits. That’s a good sign, although when we asked his team this morning they still weren’t totally sure if he’d be racing or not. His teammate, Matt Bisceglia, is out with broken ribs until next week. As for Malcolm Stewart, who crashed out in Oakland, word is he’s in for today. For more on the injury front, go here

On the racing front, there’s plenty of things leftover from last week to keep an eye on. Cole Seely, Ken Roczen, and Blake Baggett all had very real chances of winning in Oakland. In fact, eventual winner Jason Anderson only led one lap! His spectacular ride wasn’t without some controversy though, as he put a move on Marvin Musquin that ended with Musquin on the ground. Nobody’s expecting Musquin to return the favor today, but you never know what might happen in the heat of battle, and it’s worth watching.

Also worth keeping an eye on are Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia. Last week Barcia put a move on Tomac in a corner that resulted in Tomac going down. It’s up to you to decide what you thought of the pass, but the fact of the matter is Tomac ended up in thirteenth, which dealt another huge blow to his bid for a championship. Odds are he’s not happy about it, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens if he finds himself next to Barcia during tonight’s main event.

The racing has been superb the last two rounds, and the consensus is the difficult, and rutted, tracks have been the key. We have yet to see how today’s track will shape up, but hopefully it produces the same type of action we’ve been seeing lately. It’s got a long whoop section, a sand section, and an interesting berm that’s got an inside line with an elevated outside option. We’ll see how it all comes together when practice begins.

In off-track news, Davi Millsaps announced his retirement earlier this week after suffering a brain injury, amongst other things, at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup. He’d planned on making a return to racing at some point in 2018, but after consulting with doctors and his family, decided to call it a career. For more on that, go here.