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Travis Pastrana, NASCAR driver ... why not?

By Cindy Boren

This is just what NASCAR needs: action sports stars.

Travis Pastrana, a 10-time X Games gold medalist, is joining NASCAR as a driver and owner. He's hooking up with Michael Waltrip and plans to race in seven Nationwide events next year, 20 in 2012. Pastrana, 27, first must be approved to drive by NASCAR ("That's the steering wheel. That's the accelerator."), but flagging ratings and the need for an infusion of fresh personality would seem to make that a formality.

And Pastrana is nothing if not fresh (see Eli Saslow's 2005 profile).

"I've been following NASCAR closely for years as a fan of the sport with competing in the sport a life-long dream," Pastrana said. "I decided it was time to try and turn that dream into reality."

By Cindy Boren  | November 12, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
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Good for Travis...NASCAR has plenty of "action sports stars" by the way, just nobody cares because its not trendy and the mainstream media doen't help that by making it sound like a charity case everytime they are talking about it...everyone watches 3 laps and then says "all they do is make left turns" when in reality a whole heck of a lot goes into winning a race...if you've never watched a football game and you turn one on and watch one "3 and out" your not going to get football either...unfortunately for people if they didn't grow up with something they won't give it a chance, same reason hockey struggles to gain fans, "only canadians like hockey", "only rednecks like NASCAR" the way how come you can say redneck on these boards but pretty much everything else is censored

Posted by: DCCapsfan19 | November 12, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Travis. Go left young man!

Posted by: richs91 | November 12, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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