Travis Pastrana's race wasn't perfect, but he'll take it.
The motocross and X-Games star finished 22nd in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. While he was disappointed at a pit road speeding penalty under green that relegated him two laps down, he said he was happy about the finish.
"I think the lowlight was having to go through pit road twice," Pastrana said after the race about his pass-through penalty as a result of that speeding violation. "It was my first pit under green and I definitely got a little excited."
"But I expected to do worse. I hoped to do better. I think we can run top 20, I believe we were in the top 20 for a bit of the race in the middle until I messed up the pit area, but I'm happy."
Pastrana was locked into the race by virtue of Pastrana Waltrip Racing's alliance with RAB Racing, which had previously fielded cars for Kenny Wallace and Ryan Truex this season. He started 25th.
His next race is at Darlington in two weeks. Wallace will be behind the wheel at Talladega.