Travis Pastrana had just finished a disappointing 25th after crashing at the end of his first NASCAR points-paying race, and said he wasn't particularly happy with the result.
But when a group of fans yelled, "HEY TRAVIS! WOOO!" from the stands, he turned around and waved at them from pit road.
"I'll be up there in a couple minutes!" he called out pleasantly.
Sure enough, just as he had done after the Toyota All-Star Showdown in January, he finished his media interviews and hopped the pit road retaining wall, walked across the track and went up the steps into the stands.
A group of 20 or so fans quickly gathered at the opening in the fence under the flag stand, and Pastrana greeted them by saying, "Hey, what's up guys?"
For the next 15 minutes or so, he posed for pictures, signed autographs and answered questions about his race. He gave an unsolicited hug to one woman who said she was a big fan, and offered his trademark thumbs-up in every picture.
After the requests for autographs and photos dwindled, he pointed his green Sharpie at the group as if to say, "You good?" and looked around to double-check he had greeted everyone who came to see him.
When there were no more takers, he told the fans, "Thanks everyone for coming out today," shook a few hands and walked back across the track.
Above: Travis Pastrana went into the stands to greet fans after the K&N West Series race at Phoenix (Photo / Jeff Gluck, SB Nation)