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GRC Mid-Season Review: Travis Pastrana

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

No. 199 Discount Tire/Red Bull Dodge Dart, Pastrana199 Racing

STANDINGS: 10th, 34 points; one win, two heat wins

POSITIVES: Pastrana scored a popular win at New Hampshire after intense battles with Samuel Hubinette in his heat race and Hubinette and Tanner Foust in the final. After spending most of the season on the conservative side and falling out of the championship hunt, Pastrana became more aggressive, moving other drivers out of his way as he headed to victory.

NEGATIVES: Accidents in the Charlotte final, Texas last chance qualifier, and X Games heat have effectively nuked any chance that Pastrana had at challenging for a championship in his self-owned Dodge. X Games was especially disappointing, as Pastrana didn’t make it through a single turn before getting caught up in an accident.

OUTLOOK: Pastrana’s fifth career rally championship wasn’t meant to be this season, but his New Hampshire win proved vindicating after spending the first half of the season rewriting the definition of “snakebitten.” He’s still in contention for the Discount Tire/America’s Tire Cup at Las Vegas, which would be a nice caveat; not only does it provide a $25,000 bonus, but it’s also presented by Pastrana’s primary sponsor. It’s not the overall crown, but it would be a nice way to end the season on a high note.

– Chris Leone

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