Newton, Iowa (August 5, 2013) – Travis Pastrana and the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing team finished 27th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Iowa Speedway after a flat tire caused contact with the wall during Saturday night’s US Cellular 250.
“This NASCAR thing is kicking my butt, it’s been fun and there have been flashes of brilliance,” said Pastrana. “We got a pole a couple of seconds in qualifying, and we have some good speed alone. Here we never had it all week. I should have known for the last two laps before, that we were starting to lose the right rear. Trevor [Bayne] always says it’s easy to burn off [the tire]. We were fighting for the lucky dog spot, but even if we would have gotten that and wouldn’t have had the accident, it just wasn’t my night.”
For the second time this season, the NNS traveled to the .88-mile track in Newton, Iowa. Pastrana prepared for a weekend of double duty, racing in the X Games Ford Mustang on Saturday night and participating in the X Games RallyCross event on Sunday.
The No. 60 team rolled off 15th to start the 250 lap, 218.75 mile night race. On the opening run of the race, Pastrana held his ground and remained 15th. He radioed to the crew that the car was great on entry and exit, but tight in the middle.
The team visited pit road for the first time on Lap 55 under caution. Crew Chief Chad Norris called for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment, exiting the pits 13th. On the next green flag run, Pastrana informed the crew that the car was still tight, but was now also loose on entry and exit.
The No. 60 Ford Mustang settled into 18th, losing one lap to the leaders during the green flag run. The caution flag waved again on Lap 139, with the No. 60 visiting pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment on Lap 142.
Pastrana spent the next run racing for the free pass position. On Lap 200 the right rear tire on the No. 60 went flat, causing the car to make contact with the wall. Pastrana visited pit road several times under caution for tires and to repair the damage.
The No. 60 Ford Mustang ultimately crossed the finish line in 27th, seven laps down.
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