Friday, May 11, 2012
Updated: May 15, 2:35 PM ET
Pastrana places 17th at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- It was the "most scared I've been in a vehicle, in anything with a roll cage for sure," Travis Pastrana said after his Nationwide Series practice on Friday.
On Friday night, Pastrana competed in his second career Nationwide Series event, where he placed 17th. He made his debut at Richmond last month and finished 22nd.
Joey Logano wrecked leader Elliott Sadler five laps from the end, then broke free during a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway for his second straight Nationwide Series victory.
Danica Patrick was 12th.
Pastrana was told the best drivers fight the car's natural tendency to push up to the wall and keep it pinned to the spot in the middle of the track. "So I did that and I spun a 720 (degrees) down the backstretch and was able to keep it off the walls and realized maybe I'm not a good driver yet."
It could take Pastrana some time to compete in NASCAR. He hopes to keep on the lead laps. He remembered how he fell from 25th to 35th at Richmond over the first two laps.
"These guys, it's like sharks in the water," Pastrana said. "When they smell blood if you mess up a little bit, you're going back huge."
Pastrana thinks the way he's handled fear in his other extreme sports pursuits helped him at Darlington. "The toughest part is not just saying, 'OK, I'm going to do this,' but saying, 'All right, I'm going to do this and I'm not going anyone else or myself out in the process."
"With rally, there's certain times that there's a 100-foot cliff or trees or snow or fog or whatever and that's scary," Pastrana said. "But this, you know what's coming up and the fact that it is still scary is still overwhelming."