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Pastrana to exit NASCAR at end of season

Travis Pastrana has said that he's not going to return to NASCAR competition in 2014, bringing to an end a year-long involvement in the Nationwide Series.
X-Games superstar Travis Pastrana has said that he will not continue to race in NASCAR in 2014 after concluding that he doesn't have the the right driving style to properly succeed in stock car competition.

A disappointing run of performances in the 2013 Nationwide Series has left him struggling to find sponsors to fund him through another full season in the competition, and as a result Pastrana announced on Monday via his Facebook page that he was ending his NASCAR participation after this weekend's season finale.

"I tried to learn how to make a successful career in NASCAR," Pastrana wrote. "It's tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season.

"I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should," he added. "I've never been able to figure out the finesse required in pavement racing and that is disappointing, but I'm looking forward to driving more rally and racing more off-road trucks and there will be some announcements on those fronts shortly."

The amount of time involved in preparing for and competing in a 33-event championship had also taken its toll, with Pastrana indicating that he was putting family first with this decision.

"As my wife had to take a step back from being a professional skater to let me chase my goals in racing, I too need to take a step back and look at my situation as a father and husband," he explained. "The NASCAR schedule is gruelling and takes enormous sacrifices from those you love to make work. With a lack of funding next year, now is my opportunity to sit back and offer support as she chases her goals.

"My wife Lyn-z has been more then supportive of my foray into NASCAR, often times being my biggest source of encouragement and support," he added. "[She] is excited to get back to skating on the Nitro Circus Live Tour and I'm excited to spend some quality time with my girls."

Pastrana made his much-anticipated full-time d├ębut in the series at the start of 2013 with Roush Fenway Racing after working his way through the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regional series in a partnership with Michael Waltrip Racing. This year he is currently 14th in the Nationwide Series standings heading into this weekend's Ford Eco-Boost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

However the season has yielded just four top ten finishes with his best being ninth place at Richmond International Raceway in April. He went on to claim his one and only Nationwide pole at Talladega the following week, but eventually crashed out of the race itself.




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