Pastrana grabs the Aaron’s 312 pole at Talladega

Travis Pastrana, driver of the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, captured the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd annual Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Talladega Superspeedway.  This is Pastrana’s first pole in his first start at Talladega Superspeedway not to mention his first pole in 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.

When Pastrana was asked for his thoughts on his first pole, he responded, “It sounds like a dream come true.  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.”

Pastrana’s pole position is also Roush-Fenway Racing’s first NNS Coors Light pole at Talladega Superspeedway. Travis said, “Anytime Jack’s smiling, I’m smiling.  That’s a good deal.”


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When asked what a pole means from a team and driver standpoint, Pastrana said, “On the restrictor plate races it means you went out there and drove a perfectly clean lap and that your car and that your crew and that everybody was working together.  You picked the right line and did the right stuff, but mostly that you have a great team and a great car.  Winning the pole at a restrictor place race also means that you’re gonna have a lot of people that are willing to work with you come race day, so I’m excited about that.”

The Aaron’s 312 race on Saturday will be Pastrana’s eighth start for the 2013 racing season.  He has had top ten finishes this season at Daytona, Las Vegas and Richmond.  Pastrana has completed 1,394 out of 1,420 laps and is currently ranked 13th in the series points standings.

Starting Lineup
Aaron’s 312, Talladega Superspeedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 60 Travis Pastrana Ford 176.5 54.255
2 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 176.162 54.359
3 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 176.071 54.387
4 34 * Danica Patrick(i) Chevrolet 175.877 54.447
5 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 175.868 54.45
6 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 175.771 54.48
7 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 175.732 54.492
8 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 175.587 54.537
9 1 * Kurt Busch(i) Chevrolet 175.52 54.558
10 54 Joey Coulter(i) Toyota 175.33 54.617
11 5 Kasey Kahne(i) Chevrolet 175.324 54.619
12 22 Joey Logano(i) Ford 175.269 54.636
13 10 * Jeff Green Toyota 175.218 54.652
14 99 Alex Bowman # Toyota 175.208 54.655
15 43 Reed Sorenson Ford 175.202 54.657
16 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. # Chevrolet 175.192 54.66
17 33 Ty Dillon(i) Chevrolet 175.112 54.685
18 77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 174.971 54.729
19 32 Kyle Larson # Chevrolet 174.923 54.744
20 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 174.904 54.75
21 20 Brian Vickers Toyota 174.77 54.792
22 4 * Landon Cassill(i) Chevrolet 174.382 54.914
23 14 Eric McClure Toyota 174.363 54.92
24 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 174.16 54.984
25 70 Johanna Long Chevrolet 174.119 54.997
26 85 * Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet 173.998 55.035
27 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Ford 173.859 55.079
28 74 Mike Harmon 173.821 55.091
29 55 * Jamie Dick Chevrolet 173.676 55.137
30 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 173.573 55.17
31 24 Jason White Toyota 173.387 55.229
32 44 Hal Martin # Toyota 173.036 55.341
33 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 172.855 55.399
34 0 * Blake Koch Toyota 172.762 55.429
35 89 * Morgan Shepherd 172.367 55.556
36 52 * Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet 171.964 55.686
37 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 171.927 55.698
40 92 * Tim Andrews Ford 171.764 55.751
38 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 171.594 55.806
39 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 171.024 55.992
41 15 * Stanton Barrett Ford 170.561 56.144
42 25 * John Wes Townley(i) Toyota 0 0

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