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Pastrana sits 14th in points with three top-10 finishes.
At press time, Travis Pastrana sits 14th in points with three top-10s this season. That wouldn't seem too shabby, until you look at the fact that in 14 starts this season he has only finished on the lead lap six times.
It's not due to lack of effort, though. In the Nationwide paddock, the No. 60 Roush Fenway bunch is known for being a successful, driven bunch. They have gone to Victory Lane on several occasions, and the 2007 season championship only solidifies that claim.
Meanwhile, looking at Pastrana's history as an X Games staple, it is easy to see that he too is a fearless individual driven for success. In this year's season opener at Daytona he claimed a 10th-place finish at the line mostly due to Kyle Larson's spectacular accident.
However, he had started near the front, ran near the front and narrowly avoided Michael Annett's accident late in the going. With that being said, he has had a run of bad luck this season, but all the good drivers wreck them before they really get good.
At Richmond his tenacity paid off, as he finished ninth after starting 17th. He had one of the best cars late in the race, as he was able to pass cars with ease. All he needs is a few more races like that to restore his confidence.
Once that happens, we'll be seeing Pastrana in the highlights for all the right reasons.