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The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Travis Pastrana, the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar, has given up his NASCAR dream for now. The 30-year-old Pastrana, from Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, announced on his Facebook page Monday that he was taking a step back after driving on the Nationwide Series for a little more than two years, writing, "I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should. “This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport,” Pastrana wrote.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The X Games are set to kick off Thursday in Austin, Texas, the 20th year of the summer action-sports event. Of all the athletes who will be competing through Sunday, two hail from the Baltimore area: Bucky Lasek (Dundalk) and Travis Pastrana (Annapolis). The Baltimore Sun recently caught up by phone with the 41-year-old Lasek, who will be competing in his 21st X Games (a total that includes trips to international X Games competitions in Europe and South America). Lasek will compete in the men's skateboard vert and rallycross events.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The dream was stirred years ago for Travis Pastrana, nearly half a lifetime now for the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar who is about to turn 30 and is in the midst of trying his fourth extreme sport: NASCAR. The reality has come in the past month. As Pastrana has gone from being a rock star on a motorcycle to a rookie driver hoping to prove he belongs in the Nationwide Series - the equivalent of baseball's Triple-A for stock-car racing - the results have been encouraging but inconsistent.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Travis Pastrana, the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar, has given up his NASCAR dream for now. The 30-year-old Pastrana, from Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, announced on his Facebook page Monday that he was taking a step back after driving on the Nationwide Series for a little more than two years, writing, "I hate to quit and I hate to fail, but sometimes things work out as they should. “This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport,” Pastrana wrote.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 17, 2001
Sunlight is filtering through dense trees near Davidsonville and glinting off Travis Pastrana's bright yellow motorcycle as he gains speed bumping down a cleared hillside. By the time the bike is climbing the next hill, it is traveling between 45 and 50 mph. It is then, as they shoot up the steep bank, that he and the bike take flight. And for a full three seconds, 30 feet in the air, he is free. Free to lift his body totally off his bike in midair. Free to hook his feet under the handlebars and lounge back, hands behind his head as if reclining in a La-Z Boy. Free to improvise a stunt that mesmerizes the land-bound mortals below before he, too, comes back to earth.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1999
Travis Pastrana sits on his living room sofa. At 15, he looks fresh-faced and happy. He radiates a kind of calm sweetness. But don't be deceived. Pastrana, of Annapolis, is not your normal 15-year-old.A couple of weeks ago, in fact, he was so far over the edge that he was even judged too extreme for ESPN's X Games. The X stands for Extreme, but when Pastrana took off on his 125cc yellow Suzuki and landed in San Francisco Bay, it was too much for ESPN producers."I was just happy," Pastrana said of his plunge after winning the gold medal in the first freestyle Moto X competition.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2002
Teen-age motocross star Travis Pastrana's practice course has again drawn the scrutiny of county authorities, who have charged his father with illegally clearing trees to blaze dirt bike trails through a wooded Davidsonville property. Inspectors have ordered Robert L. Pastrana to stop grading at the site, which is owned by his 18-year-old daredevil son, records show. That order was issued less than a year after they took the same action upon discovering that the family had failed to obtain permits before building a network of trails in the woods about five miles southwest of Annapolis.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2001
After finding environmental damage from a network of dirt bike trails, state inspectors have given the owners of a wooded tract in Davidsonville -- including a teen-age motocross star -- 30 days to submit a restoration plan. After the inspectors were given full access to the Anne Arundel County site yesterday, Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Richard McIntyre said that most of the violations were on the property owned by 17-year-old professional motocross sensation Travis Pastrana and his parents, Robert and Deborah Pastrana.
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June 15, 2011
Local action sports hero Travis Pastrana will be returning to Baltimore. An Annapolis native, Pastrana will bring his 2,000-pound monster truck to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at M&T Bank Stadium on July 9. "I've always been a huge fan of Monster Jam and have enjoyed driving the trucks whenever I can," Pastrana said in a news release. "With close to 2,000 horsepower, Monster Jam is sheer excitement. " Pastrana will be driving the Nitro Circus truck named after his MTV reality show.
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November 17, 2010
NASCAR is about to get hipper and hotter. Travis Pastrana, the charismatic Moto X, X Games and American rally racing icon, is crossing over to NASCAR to compete as a driver and team owner. Pastrana will make his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 under the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing banner. He will own and drive Toyota Camrys from Michael Waltrip Racing. "Competing in the sport is a lifelong dream," Pastrana said in a statement. "I decided to try to turn that dream into reality.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The dream was stirred years ago for Travis Pastrana, nearly half a lifetime now for the Maryland-born motocross and X Games superstar who is about to turn 30 and is in the midst of trying his fourth extreme sport: NASCAR. The reality has come in the past month. As Pastrana has gone from being a rock star on a motorcycle to a rookie driver hoping to prove he belongs in the Nationwide Series - the equivalent of baseball's Triple-A for stock-car racing - the results have been encouraging but inconsistent.
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Sports Digest | April 27, 2012
Et cetera Pastrana's Nationwide debut will be tonight Travis Pastrana 's long-awaited debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is expected to take place in tonight's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Pastrana, an action sports star who grew up in Annapolis, will drive the No. 99 Toyota for RAB Racing. Last week, RAB formed an alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, with the Robby Benton -owned No. 09 car becoming the 99. Originally scheduled to make his first series start last July at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Pastrana suffered a broken right ankle and foot during an accident in the X-Games just days before the Indianapolis race.
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By Sports Digest | July 30, 2011
X Games 17 Broken ankle puts 'Pastranathon' on hold The much-anticipated debut of Travis Pastrana in the Nationwide Series has been put on hold after the action sports superstar sustained a broken right foot and ankle during an X Games 17 motorcycle event Thursday night in Los Angeles. Pastrana, an Annapolis native, crashed while attempting a double "toilet paper roll" maneuver on his motorcycle. During its broadcast of the XGames, ESPN reported that Pastrana was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 12, 2011
Those weird Motocross ads must be working.  GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman yesterday picked up what must be a coveted endorsement among bike riders: The approval of Annapolis native (and extreme biking king) Travis Pastrana. Pastrana is the only human being on earth who can do a double backflip on a bike, and he's usually not political. But he decided to ride into the political mud for his friend and fellow rider Huntsman.  Here's how @travispastrana endorsed @jonhuntsman on Twitter:   "Not one 4 politics, but  @ JonHuntsman , fellow MX rider, good friend of  @ NitroCircus  &smartest man I know, is running 4 President.
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By Chris Branch, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
Action sports star Travis Pastrana's resume is a lengthy one. He's raced and jumped his way in, out and around the X Games. He's back-flipped on a motorbike across two six-story buildings. He's set the record for fastest ascent of Mount Washington in a car. He's even jumped a rally car off the Pine Street Pier a record 269 feet onto a barge in Long Beach, Calif. But Saturday's Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam will be special for the 27-year-old. Pastrana, an Annapolis native, will be behind the wheel of a monster truck at M&T Bank Stadium.
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June 15, 2011
Local action sports hero Travis Pastrana will be returning to Baltimore. An Annapolis native, Pastrana will bring his 2,000-pound monster truck to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at M&T Bank Stadium on July 9. "I've always been a huge fan of Monster Jam and have enjoyed driving the trucks whenever I can," Pastrana said in a news release. "With close to 2,000 horsepower, Monster Jam is sheer excitement. " Pastrana will be driving the Nitro Circus truck named after his MTV reality show.
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By Sports Digest | July 30, 2011
X Games 17 Broken ankle puts 'Pastranathon' on hold The much-anticipated debut of Travis Pastrana in the Nationwide Series has been put on hold after the action sports superstar sustained a broken right foot and ankle during an X Games 17 motorcycle event Thursday night in Los Angeles. Pastrana, an Annapolis native, crashed while attempting a double "toilet paper roll" maneuver on his motorcycle. During its broadcast of the XGames, ESPN reported that Pastrana was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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By From Sun staff and news services | January 2, 2010
NHL Sturm's OT goal gives Bruins win in Fenway's Winter Classic The Boston Bruins provided their own unique finish to Fenway Park's history of memorable endings. In the stadium where Ted Williams hit his 521st homer into the bullpen in the last at-bat of his career in 1960 and Carton Fisk waved his homer fair down the left-field line, winning Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Marco Sturm's overtime goal Friday gave the host Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic.
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November 17, 2010
NASCAR is about to get hipper and hotter. Travis Pastrana, the charismatic Moto X, X Games and American rally racing icon, is crossing over to NASCAR to compete as a driver and team owner. Pastrana will make his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 under the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing banner. He will own and drive Toyota Camrys from Michael Waltrip Racing. "Competing in the sport is a lifelong dream," Pastrana said in a statement. "I decided to try to turn that dream into reality.
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By From Sun staff and news services | January 2, 2010
NHL Sturm's OT goal gives Bruins win in Fenway's Winter Classic The Boston Bruins provided their own unique finish to Fenway Park's history of memorable endings. In the stadium where Ted Williams hit his 521st homer into the bullpen in the last at-bat of his career in 1960 and Carton Fisk waved his homer fair down the left-field line, winning Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Marco Sturm's overtime goal Friday gave the host Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic.
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