NASCAR Nationwide Series at Talladega Superspeedway lineup: Travis Pastrana sits in pole position

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Pastrana's attempt to transition from extreme sports to car racing hasn't gone swimmingly, but he'll try to change that at the Aaron's 312 at Talladega where he registered the best qualifying time.

Travis Pastrana sits on the pole for the first time in his racing career, as the Aaron's 312 at Talladega features some of the brightest young names in the sport towards the top of the pack.

Pastrana wanted to take the car racing world by storm when he decided to switch from his highly successful career as an extreme sports motorcyclist, but it hasn't really worked out thus far. Injuries kept him from starting his career as he planned, and when racing, he has been mediocre. In 2012, he ran eight races and didn't finish higher than 13th in any of them.

But Pastrana appears to be hitting a groove, as he's finished in the top ten of three of his races in 2013, and now, he's registered the best qualifying time in Talladega. He finished tenth in the superspeedway event at Daytona, so we'll see how he performs on the huge track in Alabama known for thrilling races and pileups.

He's followed by Austin Dillon, still looking for his first win of the year in the No. 3 car, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and Danica Patrick, all of whom you could call rising stars in the sport. Here's a full list of the starters:

  1. Travis Pastrana
  2. Austin Dillon
  3. Trevor Bayne
  4. Danica Patrick
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Sam Hornish, Jr.
  7. Elliott Sadler
  8. Brian Scott
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Joey Coulter
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Jeff Green
  14. Alex Bowman
  15. Reed Sorenson
  16. Nelson Piguet, Jr.
  17. Ty Dillon
  18. Parker Kilgerman
  19. Kyle Larson
  20. Regan Smith
  21. Brian Vickets
  22. Landon Cassill
  23. Eric McClure
  24. Mike Bliss
  25. Johanna Long
  26. Bobby Gerhart
  27. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  28. Mike Harmon
  29. Jamie Dick
  30. Joe Nemechek
  31. Jason White
  32. Hal Martin
  33. Robert Richardson Jr.
  34. Blake Koch
  35. Morgan Shepherd
  36. Donnie Neuenberger
  37. Jeremy Clements
  38. Tim Andres
  39. Mike Wallace
  40. Josh Wise
  41. Stanton Barrett
  42. John Wes Townley

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