Eleven-time X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana is making a one-race return to NASCAR to compete in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He’ll drive the No. 31 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports, sponsored by GunBroker.com, Never Too Hungover and Lazy F Ranch.
Pastrana made the announcement of his second-career Truck Series start via Instragram. “Couldn’t be more excited right now,” he said. Pastrana lone Camping World Truck Series start, to this point, came in 2012, also at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He finished 15th in that race, driving an entry from ThorSport Racing.
The rest of Pastrana’s national-level NASCAR experience came at the Nationwide (now-Xfinity) Series level. His one full-time season in that series was 2013 when he drove a No. 60 Ford For Roush Fenway Racing. During that season, Pastrana won a pole at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and wound up 14th in the season-ending points standings, despite crashes in six of 33 races. He posted four top-10 finishes in his only full-time season. Near the end of the 2013 season, Pastrana announced his departure from NASCAR, giving lackluster results, a lack of sponsorship and a desire to spend more time with his family as reasons for stepping away from the stock car racing series.
Prior to joining RFR for the 2013 season, he raced part-time in the series through a partnership with NASCAR veteran driver and car owner Michael Waltrip, forming Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. In all, he has 42 starts in the Nationwide-turned-Xfinity Series. Pastrana planned a 2011 series debut, but an X-Games injury in July of that year pushed Pastrana’s NASCAR national-level debut to 2012, driving a No. 99 for RAB Racing through a deal with Michael Waltrip Racing. Before his Nationwide/Xfinity debut, Pastrana ran a handful of regional NASCAR event through the K&N Pro Series.
Since leaving NASCAR, Pastrana has focused his career on moto-X and his “Nitro Circus” show.