Travis Pastrana won Sunday’s Southern California Nitro Rallycross race at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino which will send him to the season-finale on a two-race winning streak – and the …
Travis Pastrana won Sunday’s Southern California Nitro Rallycross race at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino which will send him to the season-finale on a two-race winning streak – and the lead in the championship.
Pastrana, a championship supercross, motocross, rally racing an X Games competitor, followed up a win at Phoenix a week earlier by getting the holeshot from the starting line and leading all eight laps.
His Subaru Motorsports USA teammates Scott Speed and Timmy Hansen finished second and third, respectively. Speed heads to The Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park at the Keystone Heights Airport on Dec. 4-5 trailing Pastrana, 182-175, while Hasen is 17 points behind.
For Pastrana, the win at Glen Helen was also crucial for his Nitro RX Championship hopes.
“This was a must-win for me. With so much tarmac in the last round, I had to win here. I’m just so proud of the team.” He also noted, “This may have been a pretty simple track for what we have planned for Nitro Rallycross, but it made for some awesome racing. I’m just so pumped to have won this!”
After high-fiving the throng of fans that had gathered at the track fence to celebrate his victory, Pastrana noted the bigger goals he has for Nitro RX.
“At the end of the day, I want the best racing, I want the best drivers and I want the most competitive field. I appreciate all of the drivers for joining this. Aside from wanting to win, everyone’s been having a lot of fun and that has been awesome,” he said.
After his back-to-back wins, Pastrana climbs into first place in the Nitro RX Championship standings. Speed also moves up into second. Timmy Hansen, who had held the series lead since the first round, remains in striking distance in third while his brother Kevin currently sits just outside the podium in fourth. With just one more round to go, the pressure is on to score valuable series points.
In the final of the NRX Next developmental class, Sweden’s Casper Jansson doubled down as well, taking the checkered flag in back-to-back finals. It also marks his third win, overall. Sage Karam finished in second place, reaching the top three for the sixth time, while Martin Enlund returned to the podium for the first time since round two in Minneapolis.
The battle for the inaugural Nitro RX championship now comes down to the final round next weekend at The FIRM, a multi-facet motorsports facility and one of the most unique and diverse in North America.
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