Action sports star Travis Pastrana set for limited NASCAR Trucks Series schedule
The only announced start for the 33-year-old is the September 30 playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But his first seat time will actually come on Tuesday during a test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.
To get the week started, Pastrana will host an event in conjunction with K1 Speed in Concord, North Carolina on Monday at 6 p.m. alongside fellow Niece Motorsports driver TJ Bell.
Pastrana’s most recent Truck Series start came in 2015 at Las Vegas. In addition to his NCWTS experience, Pastrana has one pole and four top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, coming in 2013.
“I love NASCAR, and Las Vegas is always a good time, so I’m really looking forward to racing there later this season,” Pastrana said in a press release. “The seat time at Charlotte will be a huge help for me to get up to speed and for the team to get a solid base setup for when we show up to race later in the year. I’ve actually worked with several of the people on this team in the past.
“It’s a fun group and we have a good rapport. NASCAR is something that challenges me. I’ve done a lot of work over the past couple of years to try and improve my pavement skills. I’m racing my first full year of Rally since 2010, and I’m fresh off my first win in over a year, so it’s really exciting to be able to get behind the wheel again and see what we can do in the Truck Series.”
Pastrana will reunite with Cody Efaw, who served as his car chief in the Xfinity Series in 2013. In 2017, Efaw has assumed the role of crew chief of the No. 45 Chevy at Niece Motorsports.
“Any time you can team up with someone you’ve worked well with in the past, there’s obviously a level of comfort there,” Pastrana said. “I know the group of guys that Niece Motorsports has assembled is going to give me a great shot at running well.”
Pastrana will run the race with financial backing from Weinerschnitzel. Additionally, Black Riffle Coffee Company, SilencerCo, Nitro Circus, Alpinestars and Palms Casino Resort will provide sponsorship support to the No. 45 team for the race.
Niece Motorsports, which is owned by Marine Corps veteran Al Niece, has competed in a partial schedule during the 2017 season, with plans of running full time moving into 2018 and beyond.