Extreme sports star Travis Pastrana is throwing in the towel on his NASCAR career, announcing that he'll not be taking part in the 2014 Nationwide Series. Pastrana, 30, ran his first NASCAR event in 2011, the Toyota All-Star Showdown, and made his Nationwide Series debut in April 2012.

"It's tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season," Pastrana said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Pastrana also cited the difficult NASCAR schedule, saying, "The NASCAR schedule is grueling and takes enormous sacrifices from those you love to make work. With a lack of funding next year, now is my opportunity to sit back and offer support as [his wife] chases her goals.

Pastrana, who dabbled in rallying before joining the stock car circuit, will finish out his season at this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      not surprised at all, compare to his usual x game repertoir, NASCAR can be relatively boring.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think he was good enough but needed more seat time. This is why feeder series in motor sports is so important. There are very few driver you can just throw into a car that drives nothing like the one they were driving before and expect success.
      nancylee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any kind of racing is an endurance run, both in time and money. My husband raced sportscars, built up most of them, himself, and had a really good run. It was his obsession, and took its toll on his family life. But, he had success at Lime Rock, B.I.R. Road America, Homestead, Road Atlanta, V.I.R., Sebring, and many others nationwide. He just kept getting better and better, and though he never had NASCAR fame, he made his mark. Only Travis knows if he has the dedication to persist, or if it just takes too much from other facets of his life. Maybe this decision is the right one for him. (ex-racer, myself)
      buglebob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously Pastrana just didn't quite like NASCAR or do as well in a short time as he and sponsors etc liked. He didn't seem to make a splash at all. No clamorimng for interviews etc. He didn't have what Danica had for being different and he wasn't quite good enough to show he would become a NASCAR star. So he is quitting or being forced to do so by lack of support. I thought he would do better. He didn't and the experiment funded by Jack Rousch is now over after a season. Big Bob in Brandon
      Brian M Benjamin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, we as fans of any sport, never really get to see what go on the other 6 days of the week for these people and their suroundings, working on trying to become a star, or come from a famous family of a perticular sport. I remember when a famous drag racing family got into Nasca,r building engins. It didn't work ,its a whole different animal your trying to tame.
      pnut166
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just proves that a name & success in other motorsports doesn`t translate into success in Nascar. If you don`t have a deep background in carts, late models, or sprint cars, you aren`t gonna make it in Nascar - regardless of how talented you are in other venues.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      When a true driver has to lower himself to the driving standards of Nascar that's a tough thing to do, just like so many good European and German cars not coming to the US because it would cost too much to "Dumb them Down" for the American market Nascar should be called "Chuckle Head or Bone Head Racing".
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        So what you are saying is even though you have to dumb down to race NASCAR you still aren't smart enough to do it your self and become the all time winningest driver.
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Nascar is completely different type of racing. I find it boring to sit and watch for 200 laps (or however many they do) but I don't doubt their skill. To be able to keep the car a 10/10ths for 50% of the track is a feat of skill. Drifting/rally is much more exciting to watch but there is a MUCH larger margin for error on those tracks than a Nascar track. You break traction in a Nascar and your race is over. You make a traction mistake on a rally car and you just peddle it through the turn. They both require more skills than I have but honestly Nascar doesn't get the praise for the skills those guys have. Pushing people at 200+mph is just insane. I couldn't imagine that at 60mph!
          Hal Jordan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          You make a traction mistake on a rally car and you just [die].
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Us 'Mericans are so dumb, until they need our troops to come bail them out.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          Someone needs our troops? Bill Hicks had a comment on that one time...look it up.
      kamodad61
      • 1 Year Ago
      if he would have been driving a Hendrick car he would have won more. Cause Hendricks are cheaters and just havent been caught yet. Or Jimmy just hasnt had a hard enough wreck yet. Remember when Gordon dominated? He had a couple of bad wrecks and fell off...so we will see
        pnut166
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kamodad61
        Whatever.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kamodad61
        [blocked]
      Hal Jordan
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the words of my 8 year old, "Travis Pastrana used to be really cool. Now he does NASCAR".
      bzzzbayte
      • 1 Year Ago
      nascar is a circus
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crazy to think that the popularity of NASCAR has plummeted so fast in the last few years that they can't even keep a super popular sports personality like Travis on board. He's been spending his own money to have the privilege of racing in this sinking ship of a series, so it's probably for the best. Hope he returns to stage rally racing and finds great success there again.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dinobot666
        It's because it is now a circus, not a sport. F1 operates in the same manner, so I'm surprised it has lasted in the way it has.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dinobot666
        Finished 3rd in the GRC event in Las Vegas, I think he'll find success sooner rather than later.
      Rental Rep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Travis has never been competitive in Nationwide and often finishes laps down to the leader. There were some highlights here and there but half of his races were finished with a car that had been wrecked at some point. He is a great driver in other aspects (motorcycles) but automobiles is not his strong suite. He fared better in GRC this year and finished in the top ten, but even then he never threatened a run for the championship. Cars cost money and results pay for them. You cant make all of your money off of memorabilia without winning. With all that said, I have rarely met a more approachable driver. Very friendly and takes the time to meet his fans.
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rental Rep
        He's got natural talent no lesser than Jimmie Johnson, but he does not know how to set-up the NASCAR car when it comes to suspension. The sweet spot is so razor sharp, that even if you're off a bit, you're off by a ton. However, it's not his fault because he didn't come up through same ranks as NASCAR champions.
          Clipper44
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RGT881
          He is not as good a driver as Jimmie. Jimmie has excelled everywhere he's sat behind a wheel.. from motorcycles to off-road and on to NASCAR. Hell, even Tony Stewart has won something like 9 championships in 9 different racing series. Travis does not set up his cars. He can prefer a can generally loose or tight, but he's not setting it up, and he's had plenty of time to have the ability to accurately report to his pit during a race what the car is doing. Him racing in NNS for years IS coming up through the ranks. It's not a bad thing that he isn't as talented with stock cars, but it is what it is, the results speak for themselves. Travis is a good driver, but not even on the same level as Jimmie.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rental Rep
        I first met him in 96 and was just cool. He use to practice at a dirt mound out side the glass shop I worked at. He and a few others were ripping up and down the parking lot and I went out to ask them to stop. Where most kids would have been dikks about it he was very nice. We used some of our equipment to groom the dirt for him and his friends. He's a well grounded guy.
        Revs29k
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rental Rep
        Well said Rental Rep! [quote]Cars cost money and results pay for them. You cant make all of your money off of memorabilia without winning. [unquote] I think this comment could apply to Danica as well
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