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

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

Jason Bowles wins NASCAR's All-Star Showdown in Irwindale

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Jason Bowles of Ontario held off D.J. Kennington in the closing laps to win the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale on Saturday night.

The annual 225-lap Showdown brings together the nation's leading drivers in NASCAR's lower-tier developmental stock-car racing series to compete on the half-mile Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Bowles Bowles, the 2009 champion in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series West, was a three-time winner in other races at Irwindale but his previous best finish in the Showdown was third in 2009.

"This is is the biggest win of my career," Bowles said.

Kennington finished second, Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho, was third and Luis Martinez Jr. of Long Beach finished fourth.

Travis Pastrana, the X Games star and rally racer who's planning to compete in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series this year, made his NASCAR debut in the Showdown. He finished sixth after starting 20th.

"It was absolutely awesome," Pastrana said. "I was just happy not to be a complete road block. I learned a lot."

Pole-sitter Derek Thorn of Lakeport, Calif., finished seventh in the race, which featured 11 caution periods for 53 laps.

In a separate race earlier Saturday, Sean Woodside of Saugus won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model event at Irwindale. Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills was second.

--Jim Peltz

Photos: (Top) Jason Bowles leads the field in his No. 75 Toyota in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. (Bottom) Jason Bowles celebrates in Victory Lane at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

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