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 Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 KMC Wheels Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 KMC Wheels Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Travis Pastrana is leaving NASCAR after this weekend’s season finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead.

Pastrana announced his decision Monday on his Facebook page. He cited a lack of sponsorship, a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter and frustration over his struggles in NASCAR as his reasons for leaving the sport.

Pastrana is one of the most popular action sports stars in the world and a 17-time medal winner at the X Games. He first tried NASCAR in 2011 and was scheduled to make his Nationwide debut that July until he broke his leg in an X Games accident two days before the race.

It delayed his debut until last season, when Pastrana ran nine races.

He goes into Saturday’s finale ranked 14th in the standings.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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