Newton, Iowa (June 10, 2013) – Travis Pastrana ran in the top-15 at Iowa Speedway, until he was caught in an accident on a restart shortly after the halfway point of Sunday morning’s DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway.
“We had a really good car towards the end,” said Pastrana. “Chad [Norris] made a great adjustment on the last pit stop, but unfortunately the 99 [Alex Bowman] overshot his corner a little bit and hit the 20 [Brian Vickers] and we couldn’t get stopped before those two hit the wall.”
For the second time in his brief NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) career, Pastrana headed to Newton, Iowa. Iowa Speedway was a familiar place for Pastrana, with two of his best K&N Pro Series East finishes coming at the .88-mile track. The No. 60 Ford Mustang practiced strong on Friday and qualified eighth on Saturday, before rain postponed the race until Sunday morning.
Before the race started, Pastrana gained two spots, moving up to sixth after Ryan Blaney had to go to the back of the field due to a driver change, with Joey Logano heading to Pocono Raceway.
On the first run of the race, Pastrana radioed that his car was loose, but maintained position in the top-12. He visited pit road for the first time on Lap 52 with the crew putting on four tires, adding fuel and also making a wedge adjustment in an effort to tighten the No. 60 Ford Mustang.
Pastrana restarted 10th, settling into the top-15 for the next long green flag run. He visited pit road again, this time under the green flag, on Lap 139 for four more tires, fuel and air pressure and track bar adjustments. The caution came out on Lap 149, shortly after green flag pit stops were complete.
Crew Chief Chad Norris called Pastrana back down pit road for the final stop of the day to get the car full of fuel along with four fresh tires. On the ensuing restart, Pastrana was involved in an accident, damaging the No. 60 Ford Mustang beyond repair. Pastrana ultimately finished 32nd.
“We made the call to come in [and pit] because we knew there would be another caution and we had a car that we believed could run well in the top-10,” Pastrana said. “We were just too loose and the rain took the rubber off the track. It is disappointing. We had such good practice runs and good qualifying. It just wasn’t where we needed to be in the first half of the race.”
Roush Fenway Racing teammate Trevor Bayne earned his second NNS victory, and Ford’s 200th NNS victory. Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Larson composed the remainder of the top-five.
Alliance Truck Parts 250
Two-mile Michigan International Speedway
Saturday, June 15
2:00 p.m. ET on ABC and MRN