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Travis Pastrana finishes 11th in his first Daytona 500

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In an incredible performance, Action Sports star Travis Pastrana finished just outside of the Top 10 of the 2023 Daytona 500. He finished 11th at the prestigious event at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

This was Pastrana’s first NASCAR Cup Series race in his career. He previously spent two seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series — a decade ago.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Travis Pastrana gives a thumbs up to fans as he walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series 65th Annual Daytona 500
Travis Pastrana gives a thumbs up to fans as he walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series 65th Annual Daytona 500 (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The Black Rifle Coffee entry was just one lap away from finishing the marquee event. And to boot, he led two laps in his 23XI Racing entry.

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“The car’s not a complete write-off, so the kids’ college fund should be intact,” he said, laughing. “This exceeded all my expectations as far as result.”

Pastrana’s evening came to an end in overtime when veteran driver Aric Almirola bump-drafted him into the pack.

The Maryland native was just the second Toyota driver to finish in the Top 11. DeWalt and Rheem sponsored driver Christopher Bell finished in third place for Joe Gibbs Racing.

He competed in nine NASCAR Xfinity Series races during the 2012 season. He then competed in all 33 races during the 2013 season, including one pole. 

Before competing in the Daytona 500, Pastrana competed in the Nextera Energy 250 on Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He finished 13th driving the Worldwide Express/BRCC entry for Niece Motorsports.

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“The amount of time it would take right now, I’m trying to slow down,” Pastrana said. “The reason I’m here is because I felt like this was the best I’ve ever been as a driver. We’ve been winning championships in the dirt. I just wanted to experience the whole Daytona speedweeks.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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