Action sports star Travis Pastrana finally is scheduled to make his debut in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series on Friday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Pastrana, 28, originally planned to drive his first Nationwide race last July near Indianapolis. But three days before that race, he broke his right foot and ankle in a motorcycle crash at the X Games in Los Angeles.
"It's definitely been a really long time coming.... I'm really pumped," Pastrana told reporters in Richmond. Pastrana also is driving in NASCAR's lower-level K&N Pro Series East division to gain experience.
Denny Hamlin, a driver in NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup Series, said Pastrana was "a breath-of-fresh-air type of guy" for stock car racing. "He's outgoing. He's obviously not afraid to take chances."