Fort Worth, Texas (November 4, 2013) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Travis Pastrana worked hard to battle back from a 39th starting position in his No. 60 KMC Wheels Ford Mustang Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, before a late race accident left the No. 60 team 31st in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returned to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season. After two practice sessions on Friday, teams prepared for qualifying on Saturday morning. The No. 60 spun on the first lap of qualifying, leaving the team to start 39th.
When the race took the green flag, Pastrana began to move his way forward, propelling the No. 60 up five positions in the opening two laps. By Lap 20, Pastrana informed the crew that the car was tight overall, but it felt like the rear of the car would break loose at any time.
The No. 60 sat in the mid-twenties when the first pit stops of the day rolled around. Pastrana made his way down pit road under the green flag on Lap 51 for four tires and fuel, along with track bar and wedge adjustments.
After the first stop of the day, Pastrana told the crew he was happy with the adjustments and wanted just a little bit more of the same adjustments the next time the team visited pit road.
The first caution flag of the day waved on Lap 70. Crew Chief Chad Norris radioed Pastrana down pit road for a fuel only stop on Lap 73. The team restarted 22nd and remained in the top-25 for the duration of the next green flag run.
Pastrana made another pit stop during the next caution on Lap 111, opting for four tires and fuel, along with wedge and track bar adjustments. He restarted 22nd, but settled into 23rd on the next run.
With 25 laps remaining, Pastrana made hard contact with the inside wall, ending the team’s day and ultimately finishing 31st.
One-mile Phoenix International Raceway
Saturday, November 9, 2013
4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and MRN