Travis Pastrana, Action Sports Icon: NASCAR's Newest Wild Child ?

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Travis Pastrana, Action Sports Icon:  NASCAR's Newest Wild Child ?
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If broken body parts are testament to a fearless, live-life-on-the-edge-daredevil, then Travis Pastrana may be the modern era point man.

The winner of championships in supercross, motorcross, freestyle motorcross, rally racing and X-Games is heading to the NASCAR Nationwide series.  Pastrana, 27, will drive seven races in 2011 and 20 races in 2012.

Considering the trauma Pastrana's body has endured, it seems amazing he can continue to compete and win under conditions most would consider extreme.

At age 14, during a FMX competition, his motorcycle went from 50 mph to zero in a flash during a failed jump.

The young man's spine was separated from his pelvis.  It was an injury doctors said was usually fatal.  Pastrana was in a wheel chair for several months, but that didn't stop him from doing wheelies with it around the hospital.

Other injuries include many serious knee injuries and surgeries, a broken tibia and fibula, two surgeries on his left wrist, thumb surgery, two back surgeries and surgery on his elbow and shoulder.

Pastrana's determination and "no fear" attitude propels him to challenge himself and others in still new venues of racing.  He is also a marketing dream for those involved with his sports activities.

NASCAR has had it's share of wild drivers with Dale Earnhardt Sr. being one.  Though the "Intimidator" only drove stock cars, he was known for tearing up equipment in the early days of his NASCAR career.

Pastrana may be another driver who will be somewhat wild when he hits the track in the Nationwide series.  He will try and gain additional seat time in other stock car series, and his dirt track experience should benefit him just as it has others in NASCAR's top-two series.

Without a doubt, Pastrana will bring a whole new group of fans to NASCAR just to see what he can do.  Given his background, it is fair to say he will be exciting to watch with his daredevil attitude.

Michael Waltrip may need to bulk up his budget for equipment repair and replacement.  Travis Pastrana may be NASCAR's new wild child when he hits the track in the NASCAR Nationwide series.

Let's take a look at some of his activities.

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