NASCAR: Lack of sponsorship ends Travis Pastrana’s short NASCAR career

Citing a lack of sponsorship X-Games super-star, Travis Pastrana, is ending his NASCAR career after next Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Miami Homestead Speedway.

The 30-year old motocross gold medalist announced, on his Facebook page that he can not find the funding to continue racing with Roush Fenway Racing next year. Travis Pastrana also distinguished himself in rallying.

Racing 41 times in NASCAR’s top junior series Pastrana managed only four top-ten finishes with a career best of ninth at Richmond International Raceway in April. He won one pole, at the 2.66 mile Talladega Super Speedway in May. But he always didn’t finish six races, out the 32 events he ran this year.

NASCAR Travis Pastrana

Travis Pastrana. (Photo: NASCAR)

After thanking his team and fans Pastrana said “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.

“My wife Lyn-z has been more then supportive of my foray into NASCAR, often times being my biggest source of encouragement and support. But 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. The NASCAR schedule is grueling 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.”

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