Travis Pastrana leaving NASCAR after season finale

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm •  Published: November 11, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Travis Pastrana said Monday he's leaving NASCAR after this weekend's season finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead.

Pastrana announced his decision on his Facebook page. He cited a lack of sponsorship, a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter and frustration over his struggles in NASCAR as his reasons for leaving the sport.

"It's tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season," Pastrana wrote. "My wife Lyn-z has been more than supportive of my foray into NASCAR, often times being my biggest source of encouragement and support. But as my wife had to take a step back from being a professional skater to let me chase my goals in racing, I too need to take a step back and look at my situation as a father and husband.

"The NASCAR schedule is grueling and takes enormous sacrifices from those you love to make work," he added. "With a lack of funding next year, now is my opportunity to sit back and offer support as she chases her goals."

The Pastrana's welcomed daughter, Addy, in early September.

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