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Travis Pastrana's injuries force him to scrap NASCAR series debut

July 29, 2011 |  1:02 pm

Travis Pastrana to miss NASCAR debut
Plans for action sports star Travis Pastrana to make his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday night were scrapped after Pastrana crashed at X Games 17 in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Pastrana, 27, broke his right foot and ankle while attempting jumps on a motorcycle, and NASCAR team owner Michael Waltrip said Friday the injuries precluded Pastrana from competing in the Nationwide race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

"It was an easy decision to make, just disappointing," Waltrip later told reporters. "The main thing is Travis' health."

Waltrip said the team now was looking at having Pastrana make his Nationwide debut at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Sept. 9 and "he's going to work with his doctors and find out if that's realistic."

Kyle Busch, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and 2009 Nationwide Series champion, was asked about Pastrana's crash as Busch prepared for the Brickyard 400 Cup race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"If you're coming so close to your [Nationwide] debut ... when you're doing tricks and flips and everything else on motorcycles and backflips and stuff, it's probably not a good idea," Busch said.

-- Jim Peltz, reporting from Indianapolis

Photo: Travis Pastrana crashes during X Games 17 in Los Angeles on Thursday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times