By Zack Albert | NASCAR.com
Action sports star Travis Pastrana is returning to NASCAR, if only for one race.
Pastrana announced from his Instagram account that he will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 3. The 31-year-old extreme sports standout is scheduled to drive the NTS Motorsports No. 31 Chevrolet, said team competition director Chris Rice.
“Couldn’t be more excited right now,” Pastrana said on Instagram before thanking the truck’s sponsors — GunBroker.com, Never Too Hungover and Lazy F Ranch. The event will be just the second-ever truck appearance for Pastrana, who also entered the series’ 2012 race at Las Vegas.
The bulk of Pastrana’s NASCAR experience came in 2013 in his lone full season in what is now the XFINITY Series, driving the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Pastrana claimed one Coors Light Pole Award (Talladega in May) but wound up 14th in the final standings after crashing out of six of the campaign’s 33 races.
Pastrana announced on Facebook just days before the 2013 season finale that he would not return the following season, citing frustrating results, a lack of sponsorship and his desire to spend more time with his wife and then-infant daughter.
Since exiting NASCAR full-time, Pastrana has competed in RallyCross and off-road racing, in addition to his career as a motocross stunt performer.