(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)
Action sports star Travis Pastrana will join Niece Motorsports to compete in select events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year.
Pastrana will make his debut behind the wheel of the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for the team on Tuesday during an open test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Pastrana’s most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start came in 2015 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he’ll also race later this year for Niece Motorsports.
In addition to his Truck Series experience, Pastrana has one pole and four top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, coming in 2013 for Roush Fenway Racing.
“I love NASCAR, and Las Vegas is always a good time, so I’m really looking forward to racing there later this season,” said Pastrana. “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.”
The partnership allows Pastrana to reunite with Cody Efaw, who served as his car chief in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2013. Efaw has assumed the role of crew chief of the No. 45 Chevrolet 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,” said Pastrana. “I know the group of guys that Niece Motorsports has assembled is going to give me a great shot at running well.”
Serving as Pastrana’s primary sponsor for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be 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 select events thus far this year and has plans of returning full-time in 2018.
“We are thrilled to have Travis behind the wheel this season,” said Niece. “He’s extremely passionate about NASCAR and committed to working with us to have the best run possible in Las Vegas.”
It is very interesting that Pastrana is making another go at NASCAR after taking a few years sabbatical!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!