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Travis Pastrana sets his sights on Nascar

Travis Pastrana, friend of K1 Speed, hadn’t been on a motorcycle for more than a year, since he crashed while attempting the insanely difficult freestyle motocross trick known as the TP7 during the 2011 X Games, crushing his foot so badly that he couldn’t get out of bed for an entire month.

That’s the reason the master suite of his Maryland home has two side-by-side king-sized beds. One is the regular bed that he shares with his wife, the pro skater Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, when the two are on the East Coast, and the other is the one he slept in during that torturous recuperation, when he couldn’t move and thus needed his own sprawl of mattress and linens. “Now that one’s just the dog house,” Pastrana joked, while fastening a sparkly gold vest that, along with a black top hat, completed a look meant to capture his role on the upcoming Nitro Circus Live tour of Europe: Ringmaster.

The incredible and often idiotic stunt competitions that he and his friends — most of them professional motocross and BMX riders but also skaters, skiers, wakeboarders, and fearless childhood pals — used to stage out back in his foam pit had grown into a popular series of Nitro Circus videos, and then into an even-more-popular MTV show, and then into a 3D movie, and finally into a major touring show that had almost sold out all of its 40 dates, grossing $40 million.

Pastrana is and will always be the beating heart of the Circus, the most famous of its stars and the guy whose foam pit (and gigantic balls) gave rise to the whole enterprise, but since the X Games crash he had taken a step back from the tour. One reason was his injury. But more than that it was because of what the injury reinforced: that he had to focus on his new day job — as a NASCAR driver racing for a team owned by legend Michael Waltrip. So while Pastrana was going to travel to Europe with the crew (which includes his wife, a world-class daredevil in her own right) for its first-ever tour of that continent, he would be doing no stunts himself.

In the waning days of September, Pastrana was enjoying a rare day at the 20-acre Maryland spread with his wife (most of their time is spent either on the road or at their California home), and it was going to be a short visit. Before taking off for Stockholm, where Nitro Live made its European debut, Pastrana flew to Vegas for his final auto races of the year — he was going to do a rally race and a truck-series race in the same day — and then back to Maryland for yet another surgery. This one would hopefully fix his problematic shoulder, which had been dislocated so many times that it popped out often and at inopportune times — in the middle of a race, for instance. This surgery would require him to spend a month in a sling and was, in theory, a permanent fix, he said, “at least until I knock it out again.” …read more here

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