Richmond, Va. (Sept. 7, 2012) – Making his debut in the No. 60 Roush Fenway EcoBoost Ford Mustang, Travis Pastrana led the days practice session, qualified a career-high fifth and ran much of Friday night’s race inside the top 10. In the end, the extreme sports legend settled for a 17th-place finish, but was pleased with his progress behind the wheel of the No. 60 Ford.
“That was an honor to be driving on the Roush team for tonight,” said Pastrana after the race. “We were quickest in practice and qualified fifth. It felt great. We just couldn’t really put it together for the race. It definitely felt good on the long runs and we were pretty good there but I was afraid to let the guys loosen it up as much as we needed to probably to make it better on the short runs. It was a good learning experience and we got all the laps in and there were some dicey battles there.”
Making his ninth career NASCAR start Pastrana posted the fastest time in the day’s practice session and started the race fifth. He ran inside the top 10 for virtually the first half of the race, before dropping back to 17 on lap 203. He opted for fresh tires during the races final caution and restarted 23rd on lap 232 with 18 laps to go.
He was able to drive back to 17th before the checkered flag fell.
“I think the coolest part for me was starting fifth,” added Pastrana. “After that long first run we were reeling in some guys like Denny Hamlin and guys where I was like, ‘Alright, we have a chance here.’I need to look back at the tapes and talk to the crew and find out how I need to do better and how I can talk to the crew better next time. I am really excited to drive this car and I will work on my pit stops and we will get there.”
RFR’s Ricky StenhouseJr. finished second in the race.