Davidsonville's Pastrana headed to NASCAR's Nationwide series

Trainer Tullock, jockey Franklin break in first-time winners at Laurel

November 12, 2010|By Sports Digest

NASCAR

Davidsonville's Pastrana headed to Nationwide series

Travis Pastrana of Davidsonville has signed a deal with Michael Waltrip Racing that could put him in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide series as early as next year. The action sports star has formed a team called Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, with Michael Waltrip and Gary and Blake Bechtel. Pending NASCAR approval, he will run seven Nationwide races next season and 20 in 2012. "I've been following NASCAR closely for years as a fan of the sport with competing in the sport a lifelong dream," Pastrana said in a statement released Thursday. Pastrana is a star in Moto X, X Games and American rally racing. He has won 16 gold medals in the X Games, and has multiple supercross, motocross and rally championships in his career. He also has set motorcycle and automobile jump records. Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will field Toyotas out of MWR's shop in North Carolina. The car's number has not been determined. Waltrip owns the No. 99, and Pastrana's longtime racing number is 199. The announcement came a day after longtime rally racing partner Subaru announced it had ended its relationship with Pastrana.

Laurel Park

Trainer Tullock, jockey Franklin break in first-time winners

Trainer Tim Tullock and jockey Malcolm Franklin Jillian Sofarellivisited the Laurel Park winners' circle Thursday with a pair of 2-year-old first-time starters sired by the same stallion. In the third race, No Easy Answer pulled away from a field of six other maidens, including 3-5 favorite Bri's Vision, to win the six-furlong test by five lengths, stopping the clock in 1 minute, 12.17seconds. The son of Petionville paid $12. Five races later, Regal Revenge defeated seven other maidens in front-running fashion in a time of 1:12.77. The son of Petionville paid $8. Both colts are owned and bred by Everest Stables.

Colleges

Ex-Mervo star Sanders named as CIAA's Football Player of the Year

Saint Augustine's junior running back Walter Sanders (Mervo) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football Player of the Year. Sanders leads the conference in rushing with 137.7 yards per game, 15 touchdowns and 1,377 yards on 277 carries. He's tied for second in scoring with 90 points and is second in all-purpose yards with 1,461.

He was joined on the All-CIAA first team by Saint Augustine's senior offensive lineman Justin Wells (Poly). The second team included two senior defensive backs from Bowie State, Terence Peete Jr. and Sterling Grant-Jones (Edmondson).

Men's basketball: Towson signed 6-foot point guard Kris Walden of Henrico High in Richmond, Va., to a letter of intent. Walden is averaging 11.2 points per game going into his senior year. The Warriors are 33-19 with him in the lineup. …

Mount St. Mary's signed 6-10 center Taylor Danaher of Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian School to a letter of intent. Danaher averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game as a junior while playing in the Central Virginia Home-school Athletic Association. …

Freshman guard Brandon Belt (Arundel) scored a game-high 23 points and sophomore forward Mike Henry (Owings Mills) had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help host Baltimore City Community College (2-1) earn a 102-80 victory over Montgomery College-Germantown (1-2) on Wednesday night.

Men's soccer: Loyola senior forward Phil Bannister and sophomore defender Gerwyn Jones were named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference first team. Senior midfielders Eddie Dines and Glenn Leitch made the second team, and freshman defender Jamie Libby and freshman forward Stephen Dooley were selected to the rookie team. …

Towson senior midfielder Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall) was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team. Tigers freshman forward Olakunle Banjo made the second team and rookie team. …

Mount St. Mary's junior forward Chris Wheeler and senior midfielder Eric Detzel were named to the All-Northeast Conference first team. …

Navy senior Alex Foskett and junior Sam Miller made the All-Patriot League academic team.

Field hockey: Cornell freshman forward Hannah Balleza (Severna Park) was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year, the first Big Red player to earn the distinction since 1994. …

Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Ariana Branchini, junior defender Amy Wharton and junior goalie Kim Stein were named to the All-Centennial Conference first team. Blue Jays junior forward Carly Bianco and McDaniel senior defender Stephanie Hammond (Hereford) made the second team. …

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