In the nine months since his originally scheduled Nationwide Series debut last July, Travis Pastrana has shattered his right ankle, had several pins and screws inserted and some removed, watched as much NASCAR racing as he could and tried to convince his sponsors and fans that he would eventually race in NASCAR’s second-highest series.

On Friday night, the former action sports star will finally reach that goal.

Pastrana broke his ankle two days before his scheduled debut last July when he landed awkwardly on his motorcycle in X Games competition. He will make his long-awaited debut behind the wheel of the RAB Racing No. 99 car in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.