Pastrana Returns to NASCAR

Travis Pastrana

"I’m racing my first full year of Rally since 2010, and I’m fresh off my first win in over a year, so it’s really exciting to be able to get behind the wheel again and see what we can do in the Truck Series." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Action Sports legend Travis Pastrana will participate in the a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 2 in the No. 45 Chevy Silverado with Niece Motorsports in preparation for a start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this year.

Pastrana’s most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start came in 2015 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  In addition to his NCWTS experience, Pastrana has one pole and four top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, coming in 2013.

“I love NASCAR, and Las Vegas is always a good time, so I’m really looking forward to racing there later this season,” said Pastrana.  “The seat time at Charlotte will be a huge help for me to get up to speed and for the team to get a solid base setup for when we show up to race later in the year.  I’ve actually worked with several of the people on this team in the past.  It’s a fun group and we have a good rapport.  NASCAR is something that challenges me.  I’ve done a lot of work over the past couple of years to try and improve my pavement skills.  I’m racing my first full year of Rally since 2010, and I’m fresh off my first win in over a year, so it’s really exciting to be able to get behind the wheel again and see what we can do in the Truck Series.”

Pastrana reunites with Cody Efaw, who served as his car chief in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2013.  In 2017, Efaw has assumed the role of crew chief of the No. 45 Chevy at Niece Motorsports.

“Any time you can team up with someone you’ve worked well with in the past, there’s obviously a level of comfort there,” said Pastrana.  “I know the group of guys that Niece Motorsports has assembled is going to give me a great shot at running well.”

Serving as Pastrana’s primary sponsor for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be Weinerschnitzel.  Additionally, Black Riffle Coffee Company, SilencerCo, Nitro Circus, Alpinestars and Palms Casino Resort will provide sponsorship support to the No. 45 team for the race.

Niece Motorsports, which is owned by Marine Corps veteran Al Niece, has competed in a partial schedule during the 2017 season, with plans of running full time moving into 2018 and beyond.

Niece owns Niece Equipment, which has for over 30 years provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices.  Niece Equipment’s reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.  The company provides water and fuel/lube trucks that are engineered with quality and durability in mind for the construction and mining industry.

“We are thrilled to have Travis behind the wheel this season,” said Niece.  “He’s extremely passionate about NASCAR and committed to working with us to have the best run possible in Las Vegas.”

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