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Travis Pastrana parodies endorsements in video petitioning sponsors for backing in Las Vegas Truck race

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Travis Pastrana wants your help in fielding an entry in his return to NASCAR.

But he doesn’t want fan’s money. He wants their social media influence to help him start the Sept. 30 Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In a Facebook video, the action sport star parodies NASCAR driver endorsements as he asks fans to petition a select group of sponsors for the effort by sharing the video.

From Goody’s to Dunkin Donuts to Captain Morgan (“Enough said”), the 33-year-old and his friends run the gamut of sponsors that could possibly adorn his No. 45 truck.

If the campaign is successful, Pastrana would make his first NASCAR start since the 2015 Truck series race in Las Vegas.

Prior to that, Pastrana attempted the entire 2013 season in the Xfinity Series driving the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. The Annapolis, Maryland, native earned four top 10s and one pole (Talladega) in the 33-race season. He finished 14th in the standings.

He made 42 Xfinity starts, but stepped away from the sport to take care of his family and the Nitro Circus Live franchise.

But Pastana, who has had successful careers in the American Rally Association and BMX racing, calls his short NASCAR career “the least successful of any venture I’ve gotten into.”

Pastrana recently reflected on his NASCAR career with USA Today Sports.

He made his transition to NASCAR as he was coming off four straight Rally championships and had to choose between uprooting his family to compete in Rally competition in Europe or stock car racing.

“Where do all the best drivers in the U.S. go?” Pastrana said. “As much as the general public doesn’t want to admit it or doesn’t understand it, the best drivers in America and the best drivers in the world, they go to NASCAR. It is the most competitive form of auto racing on the planet. So I said all right all right, let’s see what it is.”

Pastrana made his first NASCAR start in February 2011 in a K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix Raceway. He made three more starts in the K&N East that year before making nine Xfinity starts and eight more K&N East starts in 2012.

In the K&N Series he competed against the likes of Darrell Wallace Jr, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, drivers currently establishing their names in the Xfinity and Cup series.

“Looking at how much they were driving, literally sometimes six races a week,” Pastrana said. “I had a kid my first year in NASCAR and wife and everything and I needed to pretty much go back to the basics and learn from go karts and dirt track and learn all that stuff those guys had learned. So, it was an awesome experience, but it was too far out of my wheelhouse, no pun intended.”

Now with the help of fans, Pastrana hopes to make another start in the sport that got away.

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Stats, Results for Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway

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John Hunter Nemechek led the final six laps to win the Camping World Truck Series’ M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

It’s his second win in two weeks.

Nemechek beat out Johnny Sauter, Brandon Jones, Grant Engfinger and Christopher Bell.

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Johnny Sauter keeps Truck points lead, John Hunter Nemechek in eighth

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With his Stage 2 win and his second-place finish in the M&M’s 200, Johnny Sauter retains his lead in the Camping World Truck Series standings leaving Iowa Speedway.

Sauter has a 42-point lead over Christopher Bell.

Completing the top five is: Chase Briscoe (-76), Matt Crafton (-95) and Ben Rhodes (-123).

With his second win in two weeks, John Hunter Nemechek moved from ninth to eighth in the standings, 153 points back from Sauter.

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John Hunter Nemechek wins at Iowa, second Truck victory in a row

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At one point going four-wide on a restart with seven laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek drove from fourth to first to win the M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

It is Nemechek’s second Camping World Truck Series win in two weeks after an emotional victory at Gateway Motorsports Park. It is his fifth career win.

Nemechek passed low on Chase Briscoe and Johnny Sauter into Turn 1 and cleared them on the backstretch a lap into the final run. The No. 8 team changed four tires during the final caution. Sauter, who led 72 laps, did not pit.

“All year we felt really good about this whole stretch,” Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “Gateway, Iowa and Kentucky. Hopefully we can go to Kentucky and make it three in a row.”

Driving the same truck he used to win last week, Nemehcek had to pass Sauter, Briscoe and Noah Gragson on the restart.

The top five was Nemechek, Sauter, Brandon Jones, Grant Enfinger and Christopher Bell.

Stage 1 winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 winner: Johnny Sauter

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WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Brandon Jones’s third-place finish is his season best and first Truck top five since 2015 … Christopher Bell earned his sixth top five through nine races … Grant Enfinger earned his fourth top five, but it came at the expense of teammate Matt Crafton, who he caused to crash to bring out the final caution … Jesse Little finished ninth for his first career top 10 in his 11th start.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Ben Rhodes, Kaz Grala and Austin Wayne Self were in a wreck with three laps left in Stage 2 …. Ryan Truex’s night ended with 33 to go when he brought his truck to pit road for an engine problem. He finished 20th … Matt Crafton backed hard into the outside wall with 15 laps to go after being tagged by his teammate, Grant Enfinger, on his left-rear quarter panel. It is his first DNF of the year. Crafton finished 19th … Harrison Burton and Justin Haley crashed in Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag. Burton placed 11th; Haley 10th.

NOTABLE: The race was red flagged for 12 minutes and 26 seconds to clean up fluid from the three-truck crash at the end of Stage 2.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “That’s me. Four tires. That’s the man right there. Fire Alarm (Services). What do they want? They want a win and we got them one.” – Gere Kennon, crew chief for John Hunter Nemechek after winning the M&M’s 200.

WHAT’S NEXT: Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 6 on Fox Sports 1.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s farewell tour begins at Sonoma with service dogs named in his honor

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To commemorate Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s career and his final start at the track, Sonoma Raceway gave the driver a gift he doesn’t have to take home and will benefit others for year to come.

During his Friday press conference, the track surprised Earnhardt with three Labrador Retriever puppies. Named “Dale,” “Junior” and “Amy” – after his wife – the puppies are being given to the organization Paws as Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs.

Donated by Micons Labradors and Fieldstone Labradors and sponsored by the track, the puppies will be trained to help children with disabilities in the Sonoma community.

“I’d like to thank the track for their investment to make this happen,” Earnhardt said. “It really warms my heart. Amy is going to be excited but sad she is not here. We do love dogs and making a difference in people’s lives. I’m excited to maybe come back and see how the dogs are doing.”

Sonoma is the first track Earnhardt is racing at for the last time since he announced his retirement plans in April.

The puppies will take part in PALS thorough training process, including time with incarcerated youth twice a week, before being matched with a child with a disability and his/her family as a service dog or placed with a professional as a facility dog.

PALS Assistance Dogs trains dogs to help children with disabilities including Autism, Down syndrome and mobility impairments. Some are placed with professionals working with children with special needs as facility dogs. In addition, Courthouse PALS dogs provide emotional support and comfort to victims and witnesses of violent crimes before, during and at the conclusion of a trial.

“Dale has such a huge following among our fans and we wanted to find a way for his legacy to carry forward locally, well beyond his days as a driver,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “These three puppies – Dale, Junior and Amy – will make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people in the North Bay for years to come.”

On race day, 10,000 “Thanks, Junior” hand-held fans will be given out and the No. 88 will be written in the sky by the Patriots Jet Team.

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