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Motocross, rally and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana recently made his NASCAR debut, taking the wheel in Irwindale, California in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. In his debut, the fountain-leaping X-Games champ finished a none-too-shabby sixth place overall.

His second race was Thursday, February 24th at Phoenix International Raceway, and this time, however, he didn't fare so well. Pastrana was running in the top 10 when he crashed his number 99 Toyota Camry, falling back a few positions, but staying in the top 15.

Pastrana then wrecked again with three laps to go, and ended up finishing three laps down in 25th. Pastrana hopes to make his next-level Nationwide Series debut next season, but by the looks of things, he's much closer to leaping the fountain at Caesar's Palace than he is to Victory Lane.

[Source: Scene Daily | Image: Getty Images for NASCAR]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "but by the looks of things, he's much closer to leaping the fountain at Caesar's Palace than he is to Victory Lane."

      Really?... You're making that verdict after just TWO races, one of which he finished a solid 6th place?... Come on Autoblog... Give him atleast until the halfway point in the season before TRYING to make an educated opinion on his future as a stock car racer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, look at the title. I haven't kept up with the guy at all, but I would think you'd would mention his sixth place finish first and then talk about the two wrecks. Seems like they were only interested in posting negatives about him from the jump. Or else, why wasn't there a blog entry devoted to just his first race where he finished sixth?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. Basing an opinion off of just 2 races is asinine!

        However, I would much rather see him in an Indycar because I think his racing experience would be better directed toward a more diverse track schedule rather than almost all ovals in NASCAR. :)

        I wish him well. (maybe he can make it to Vegas this year for Indycar's $5 million challenge. That would be cool)
      • 4 Years Ago
      That ain't my father's camry...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks just like the Camry's I see on the street, they got me fooled!

        Never thought that a Charger, Fusion and an Impala all look like a Camry

      • 4 Years Ago
      That's funny I just met him today in Missouri at the 100 Acre Wood Rally Race. Damn that guy gets around!
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn you iphone spell check!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        haha exactly, in this case it would have saved alot of embarrasment if i would have just been patient...sad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        autocorrect epic fail :-P
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's his second NASCAR race, jeez.

      Jeff Gordon didn't even qualify for his second NASCAR race. Granted it was a few levels up but still. It should be expected that an X-Games star might bend a few cars up. The only problem is if his boss Micheal Waltrip keeps thinking he can still drive there will be a lot of wrecked race cars between the rookie Pastrana and his has-been boss.
      • 3 Years Ago
      One wonders why his team persists with him. He may get a good sixth place, but at what cost!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can't blame the guy for wrecking, the gas pedal probably got stuck in the floor mat...lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      obviously pastrana got so bored going in circles that he had to crash 3 laps before the end. what did you expect from nascar and pastrana?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Travis is like the Kimbo Slice of the automotive world... he was king of the "underground" scene, but when introduced into the pro world, he stood his ground but got knocked around hard at the start. Give him time and he will improve. Id say he's doing decent for a rookie. Time will tell....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I reckon that's too muck wreckin'
        • 4 Years Ago
        ross_sheldon

        How do you know? Have you driven in all of them or are you just talking out of fandom?

        I'm tired of the "internet experts" always trashing something they don't like or agree with because it's "supr kewl" to do.

        It takes a lot of talent to drive an oval, just a different talent versus a road circut or rally course. If NASCAR were easy Juan Pablo would be dominant after fours years. After 144 starts in NASCAR he has 2 wins versus 7 wins in 94 F1 starts.

        When a 20 year old kid can earn $1.5 million in one (1) race I would say that it is the pro world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a crazy guy. life's a video game for him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't he know that you can't drive a Camry fast? I witness this fact every day on the streets of L.A.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's all the Danica Patrick news lately??
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