Pastrana to leave NASCAR at the end of the year

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 08: Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Action sports star Travis Pastrana will end his foray into NASCAR at the end of 2013. Pastrana has raced fulltime in the Nationwide series for Roush-Fenway Racing this season; his best finish was a ninth at Richmond in April. Overall he has four top-10 finishes and one pole in 41 starts over two years.

“This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience,” said Pastrana on his Facebook page. “I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport. Jack Roush and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing have gone above and beyond to try and help me succeed and I am truly grateful for their support. I would like to thank them and all of the other people who stuck behind me during the last two years as I tried to learn how to make a successful career in NASCAR. Its 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.”

Pastrana and his wife also recently had their first child and the 30-year old indicated that family matters factored into his decision. MORE>>>

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