This Week's BirthdaysSunday, April 19, 2009 | 8:48 AM
April 20: CycleBuy.com's D.C. Whitmore.
April 21: Rekluse Motorsport's Engineering Director Mike Dougherty.
April 21: Loretta Lynn’s alumni and District 5 regular, Stevie Crowe.
April 21: Joshua Strang is one of the fastest rising talents in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The Australian moved to the U.S. a couple of years ago to race the GNCCs for the factory FMF/Makita Suzuki team. He has won the past two events and currently sits third in points.
April 23: Cernic’s Kawasaki Team Manager Derek Sorenson.
April 23: Wulfsport International's Bill Brown.
April 23: Feld Motorsport’s Diana Ardehali.
April 23: Racer X reader David Wilson
April 24: Robbie Skaggs is a three-time Loretta Lynn’s Champion and back in the day he was one of the only riders who could consistently keep up with Robbie Reynard and Kevin Windham on a weekly basis. In the late ‘90s, Robbie Skaggs was on his way to becoming a big star on the professional circuit, but while training at Lake Elsinore he suffered a career-ending wrist injury. Robbie had to change careers after that and now he lives in Menifee, California and works as a superintendent for big home building company.
April 25: Suzuki Team Transport Driver Jason Churgin.
April 25: Loretta Lynn’s alumni, Max Anstie.
April 25: Puma's Gerard Valat.
April 25: Jeff “Chicken” Matiasevich was a top Team Green amateur rider in the mid-eighties, winning titles at Loretta’s and Ponca, and it was good enough to secure him a ride for the Factory Kawasaki team. Supercross came easy to Matiasevich, and he won back-to-back 125cc Western Region titles in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, Chicken moved up to the big-boy class and won the Las Vegas Supercross. After a couple more years on the U.S. Circuit, Kawasaki offered him a deal that he couldn’t refuse. They wanted him to race the Japanese Motocross Championships and he won the ‘95, ‘96 and ‘97 championships. Matiasevich still makes it out to the races every once in a while and works for his family, selling and distributing produce nationwide.
April 25: DV12's wife, Erica Vuillemin.
April 25: American Honda's Jon Row.
April 26: Ignition 3's Dick Lague.
April 26: WORCS Racing’s Jason Reed