Travis Pastrana Takes First NASCAR Pole Position

Travis Pastrana is best known for flipping motorcycles in the Nitro Circus but he’s starting to make a name for himself on four wheels. The action sports star took his first NASCAR pole position.

Pastrana has only driven in 16 Nationwide races so far but he was the fastest around the track during during qualifying at the Talladega Superspeedway. The motorcycle racer will hope to duplicate those results tomorrow during Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race.

Pastrana said: “It’s like a dream come true. Bringing the guys to the (start) line at Talladega is awesome … As far as something to check off the list, this is really, really high on that list. So I’m excited.”

According to USA Today, Pastrana won’t be trying to lead the race from start to finish tomorrow. The inexperienced driver said that he’ll probably hang back a bit after the start before making a push during the final 10 laps. Despite his safe approach, Pastrana is hoping that the rain stays away so that he can lead his team out to the green flag.

Pastrana said: “It’s definitely a huge accomplishment to be able to just start here at Talladega … To lead them to the green (flag) is something I’ll always be able to say that I’ve done — assuming we don’t get rained out here.”

Pastrana will lead Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Danica Patrick and Justin Allgaier of the starting line tomorrow.

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