Kansas City, Kan. (October 6, 2013) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Travis Pastrana and the No. 60 team overcame an early spin at Kansas Speedway to finish 14th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Kansas Lottery 300. The 14th-place finish netted Pastrana his 10th top-15 finish of the 2013 season.
“It took a while to get up to speed in practice, which was disappointing because I really felt good at the test we did here earlier in the year,” said Pastrana. “Trevor [Bayne] and Chris [Buescher] were both really quick, so I was able to learn a lot from what they were doing and make some changes for second practice. I didn't do a great job with qualifying, but was working my way up when I got into the No. 99 and spun. The team did a great job with adjustments all day and got me back into contention. Unfortunately, I never really found the speed of the top -10 guys, but all-in-all I think it was a good race.”
Pastrana qualified his No. 60 Ford Mustang in 20th for the 200-lap race at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. On the opening green flag run of the race, Pastrana remained in the top-20, informing the crew that the car was free on entry and in the center, and tight off.
A Lap 25 competition caution brought the field down pit road for the first adjustments of the day. The No. 60 crew opted for four tires and fuel along with slight air pressure and track bar adjustments. The cooler temperatures also allowed to crew to add more tape to the grille.
On the ensuing restart Pastrana jumped up to 17th, telling the crew that the car started out a little too tight, but the more laps he ran, the more the handling of the car came to his liking. Pastrana held tight in the top-20 until a spin on Lap 52. He kept the No. 60 off the wall, but made his way down pit road for four fresh tires. He lost one lap to the leaders due to the spin.
After restarting 33rd, Pastrana worked to race the No. 60 into the free pass position to get back on the lead lap. The team and driver were patient, taking multiple opportunities to continue to adjust on the No. 60 under caution periods. Their patience paid off, with Pastrana receiving the free pass after a Lap 122 caution.
Pastrana made his way down pit road on Lap 127 to top off on fuel. He restarted in 23rd and on the lead lap on Lap 129. A little bit shy on fuel, the No. 60 team called Pastrana down pit road for another splash of fuel on Lap 146. The No. 60 remained in the top-15 for the rest of the race, crossing the finish line in 14th.
Dollar General 300
1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, October 11
7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and PRN