July 29th, 2011 – By Bryan Cross
What was supposed to be an exciting event this week on the Nationwide Series with extreme sports star Travis Pastrana, has turned into a disappointing scratch. The X-Games star suffered a broken ankle and foot on Thursday afternoon at X Games 17.
Pastrana was also forced to withdraw from the remaining competitions in the X Games, including the Moto X Best Trick Event for which he was the gold medal favorite until hurting himself.
Michael Waltrip Racing was the company that was sponsoring Pastrana to drive in the Nationwide Series from Lucas Oil Stadium this Saturday.
“Like fans everywhere, we were so excited about Travis’ debut Saturday night,” said team owner Michael Waltrip. “We have a long-term vision with Travis, which includes lots of NASCAR. We can’t wait to get him healed and in our racecars.”
“We talked to our sponsor Boost Mobile and agreed to withdraw from Indy and delay our debut. We’ve waited a long time for someone like Travis Pastrana. I guess we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.”
Pastrana expressed his regret that he will not be able to compete, and will have surgery to repair both his ankle and foot.
“I am sorry this happened and will be back in action as soon as I can,” Pastrana stated.
The disappointment is twofold.
Jamie McMurray won this event last season to cap off his previous victory in the Daytona 500. McMurray was just the third driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.
But he will contend with the full-strength of those at the top of the season-long Chase for the Cup, including Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. NASCAR Betting Lines have not yet formed Brickyard 400 Betting Lines, but they will be released following qualifying.