Ft. Worth, Texas (April 14, 2013) – Travis Pastrana and the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) team finished 33rd in Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) after visiting the garage for repairs.
“It was very frustrating to qualify so far back and then we were just super loose at the start,” said Pastrana. “I got the car working a little bit better. I had a chance to run up in the top-15. We were hoping for a top-12 or so, but stuff happens. I’d rather that happen now than have it happen if we were out leading the race.”
After two weeks off, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) headed to Texas for the sixth race of the season. Pastrana and the No. 60 team debuted a red, white and blue patriotic paint scheme for the 200-lap, 300-mile race under the lights.
The No. 60 Ford Mustang rolled off 21st for Pastrana’s first NNS start at the 1.5-mile oval. At the drop of the green, Pastrana settled into the mid-twenties. Crew Chief Chad Norris took the opportunity to make adjustments to the loose-handling No. 60 Ford Mustang when the first caution flag flew on Lap 24. Pastrana made his way down pit road on Lap 26 for four tires, fuel, chassis adjustments and a little bit of tape off the grille.
Under the next green flag run, Pastrana informed the crew that the car was still too loose. On Lap 43 the caution flag waved again, bringing Pastrana down pit road for fuel only and a chassis adjustment.
Pastrana restarted 27th and began to work his way toward the front. After another pit stop for tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment on Lap 66, Pastrana radioed to the crew that the car had swung to the tight-side.
On Lap 93 the caution was displayed again, giving Norris and the No. 60 crew another opportunity to tune on the handling of Pastrana’s Ford Mustang. The team elected not to take tires, opting for fuel only and a track bar adjustment. Pastrana returned to the track in 14th.
Without fresh tires, Pastrana radioed to the crew that the car was too loose on entry and too tight on exit. The caution flag flew on Lap 121, with the No. 60 crew eager to come down pit road for tires and adjustments. The team took four tires and fuel, as well as making air pressure and track bar adjustments.
As Pastrana exited the pit stall, Norris noticed what appeared to be gear fluid in the pit box. He called Pastrana back down pit road to have the crew examine underneath the car. After the team surveyed the situation, Pastrana headed to the garage for repairs.
The No. 60 team replaced the rear gear, returning Pastrana to the track 14 laps behind the leader. Pastrana completed the remainder of the race, gaining two positions as other cars retired. The No. 60 Ford Mustang was credited with 33rd.
“Honestly, we learned a lot when we went back out there,” Pastrana said. “We came into this race with so much confidence. We had such a great test [in Kansas]. I felt fast and I felt ready.”
Kyle Busch earned his fourth win of the season, while Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five. RFR teammates Chris Buescher and Trevor Bayne finished 17th and 26th, respectively.
.75-mile Richmond International Raceway
Friday, April 26, 2013
7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS