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Pastrana gains ground in NASCAR

Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Travis Pastrana (left) gives Jack Roush a new pole position.
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TALLADEGA, Ala.

Travis Pastrana’s ultimate thrill ride could come Saturday when he starts the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312 from the pole at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Pastrana, 29, is widely known for his success in the X Games, where he has won 11 gold medals in motorsports.

Pastrana won his first career Nationwide pole for his 17th start, with a lap of 176.500 mph. Austin Dillon (176.162 mph) and Trevor Bayne (176.071 mph) rounded out the top three qualifiers. Pastrana's run gave team owner Jack Roush his first Nationwide pole position at Talladega.

“It sounds like a dream come true," Pastrana said. "Bringing the guys to the line at the green flag at Talladega is awesome, so I’m definitely excited. I mean, this Roush Fenway team has worked so hard. Chad (Norris), my crew chief, he’s like, ‘We’ve been putting everything together. Let’s go out there and get this thing.’ He had a lot of confidence in myself and the car and it’s just awesome to be able to show the work these guys are putting together and I’m definitely really happy to be here.”

John Wes Townley had his time, which was 10th fastest in the session, disallowed after his car failed post-qualifying inspection after his front end was discovered to be too low. With just 40 cars in the field, Townley was expected to miss this weekend's NNS race. However, Townley moved over to the TriStar Motorsports No. 10 for the race, with sponsor Zaxby's logos going onto the car. He replaces Jeff Green in the entry.

Townley experienced a similar issue after ARCA time trials on Thursday, where his time was also disallowed.

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