Bristol, Tenn. (August 24, 2013) – The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) took to Bristol Motor Speedway for a Friday night race under the lights at the .53-mile track. Roush Fenway Racing’s Travis Pastrana and the No. 60 team battled hard for 250 laps, ultimately crossing the finish line in 13th.
“I kept the car off the wall and out of trouble at both visits to the bull ring,” said Pastrana. “I picked up my qualifying by a lot and finished a few spots better this time around. I still have a lot to learn about the concrete tracks, but this was a big step in the right direction.”
The NNS visited Bristol Motor Speedway for the second time of the season. Teams only had one practice session on Friday to prepare for the race. Pastrana qualified his Ford Mustang 11th for the race.
On the opening run, Pastrana was silent on the radio as he negotiated his way through traffic, hanging solid in the top-15 for the majority of the run.
When the first caution flag of the day waved on Lap 65, Pastrana informed the crew that the car was free all the way through the corner. Crew Chief Chad Norris called Pastrana down pit road for right side tires and fuel, with no adjustments.
Pastrana restarted 14th and settled into the top-20 on the next run. The spotter for the No. 60, Jason Hedlesky directed Pastrana through traffic, as Norris read off lap times. When the caution waved again on Lap 104, Pastrana radioed that the car lacked forward bite.
The No. 60 Ford Mustang visited pit road for the second time to take four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment on Lap 106. Pastrana had to reverse before exiting the pit stall, due to a car pitting in front of him. On Lap 109, he restarted 25th, beginning a focused march to the top-15.
On Lap 159, the No. 60 visited pit road for the final time, taking four tires, fuel and no adjustments. Pastrana was happy with the handling of his Mustang. He restarted 15th after the No. 60 pit crew gained two positions on pit road.
Pastrana continued to avoid the carnage that Bristol Motor Speedway is known for, and ran solid laps, working his way up to 13th by the time the checkered flag flew.
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