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Pastrana says his X Games days are over

October 02, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service, NASCAR.com

DOVER, Del. -- July foot injury kept him from making Nationwide debut for MWR in Indianapolis

Travis Pastrana wants to put his best foot forward -- literally and figuratively -- and that means no more participation in the X Games.

Travis Pastrana remains on crutches following his July accident. (Getty Images)

In other words, Pastrana won't do anything else to jeopardize his plans to race stock cars.

Pastrana broke his right foot and ankle in the X Games Best Trick competition in July. The accident nixed his planned Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

"To be perfectly honest, that was supposed to be my exit from X Games," Pastrana said Sunday at Dover International Speedway, after hobbling into the media center on crutches. "Not exactly the exit I was looking for, but still an exit."

Pastrana plans to run approximately 20 races for Michael Waltrip Racing next season, with the exact number of events dependent on sponsorship.

"Not to say my action sports career is done, but as far as anything taking risks, I'm definitely going to be in this car and trying to do the best that I can to put my best foot forward," Pastrana said. "It was the most disappointing thing in my life, not only to have myself but to have an entire team waiting for me and banking on me being in the car.

"All those guys I'm seeing around the track, they're all on different teams, and it's tough. Not only did we lose some of the top guys, but a lot of friends had to find other work -- definitely something I took to heart and something I don't ever want to have happen again."