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NASCAR in Joliet: Travis Pastrana ready for double duty

Travis Pastranlooks garage areduring practice for NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 DaytonInternational Speedway July 4. |  Sean Gardner/Getty

Travis Pastrana looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4. | Sean Gardner/Getty Images

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Rally, Race And Rock

When: Friday through Sunday

Where: Chicagoland Speedway, Laraway Road and Route 53, Joliet

FRIDAY

Traxxas TORC Series dirt-track racing at the Route 66 Raceway dirt-track oval, 7 p.m. Weekend kick-off party at the Route 66 Raceway, 5 to 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

NASCAR Nationwide practice, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

ARCA practice, 4:10 p.m.

Traxxas TORC Series dirt-track racing, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

NASCAR Nationwide qualifying, 10:05 a.m. (ESPN2)

ARCA qualifying, noon

STP 300 driver introductions, 1:30 p.m.

STP 300, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

ARCA driver introductions, approximately 4:30 p.m.

ARCA race, approximately
5 p.m. (Speed)

Also: Classic car show in Champions Park, 8 a.m.; Marty Casey and The Lovehammers concert, noon

Tickets: STP 300 tickets can be bought in advance and start at $30 for adults, kids are $25 off regular full-price admission. Tickets can be purchased on race day starting at $35. Traxxas TORC Series $20, kids 12 and younger $10. Parking is free. For tickets, visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com or call (888) 629-7223.

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Updated: August 20, 2013 6:38AM



When it all boils down to it, Travis Pastrana is a performer.

Pastrana likes nothing more than putting on a show, whether it’s at the X Games, where he’s won 10 gold medals in motocross and supercross events, or driving in the Traxxas TORC Series and NASCAR’s Nationwide series.

This weekend, Pastrana will be entertaining fans in both the TORC series and in the STP 300 Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

Pastrana’s racing weekend starts Friday, when he drives in the Traxxas TORC series at the Route 66 Raceway’s dirt oval. Pastrana will race in the series again Saturday, and then do the Nationwide race Sunday in his No. 60 Ford.

“The TORC race is awesome; it’s a lot of high-speed action and jumps,” Pastrana said. “This is the second time this year I’m doing this (series), and I’m looking forward to doing well and putting on a good show for the fans.”

This is Pastrana’s second year racing in the Nationwide series, after a 2012 season in which he ran in just nine of 33 races. He is running a full schedule this year.

Driving for Roush-Fenway Racing, Pastrana has three top-10 finishes and earned the pole at Talladega (Ala.), where a crash ended his day early. Pastrana’s best finish was ninth at Richmond.

Pastrana still is learning about each track on the Nationwide circuit, but with a driver coach in Camping World Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton, he’s getting the best help available. On Sunday, Crafton will be racing the No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the STP 300.

Driving for a powerhouse team in Roush-Fenway has an added bonus.

“(Crafton) is coming out to Chicago this weekend, and he and I have a good, competitive friendly rivalry,” Pastrana said. “And the Roush-Fenway group is so tight-knit that I have all the videos (of the tracks like Chicagoland), so I have some homework to do.”

Every track at which Pastrana races this year is akin to a new experience for him in his first full year as a Nationwide driver. He’s also going to have another new experience at the end of the summer: His wife, professional skateboarder Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, is expecting their first child, a girl.

“Matt just had a girl last month and Jimmie Johnson’s wife is due with their second child a couple of weeks after we are,” Pastrana said. “It’s pretty neat that so many of us are going through this.”



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