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PLAYERS: Danica Patrick
No matter how hard she tries she just can’t live up to the hype. In the beginning of her career Danica Patrick had the opportunity to change the face of auto racing and become the first woman who not only participated in nationwide races but who could dominate racing. Instead of domination, her driving skills are frequently overshadowed by the

Patrick rallies to 12th at Martinsville

There were those who doubted Danica Patrick's ability to acclimate to Martinsville Speedway. But Patrick proved the boys wrong Sunday with a 12th-place finish in her NASCAR debut at the track. Patrick, who started 43rd in her Martinsville Sprint Cup debut due to an engine change, patiently worked her way through traffic. Despite dropping to two laps off the lead circuit, she...

Patrick surprises herself with 12th-place finish

Danica Patrick didn't know what to expect in her first career race at Martinsville Speedway. She surely didn't expect to carry the banner for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick overcame an early spin that put her a lap down, a long green-flag run that put her another lap down and a bumping and banging scenario that caused her to send Dale Earnhardt Jr. spinning and finished 12th...

Danica Patrick looks to shine bright deep in the heart of Texas

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet SS (hey, I drive an Impala too! Danica Patrick and I are soul mates) for Stewart-Haas Racing, heads deep in the heart of Texas with some “momentum” after a solid run Sunday at Martinsville. After encountering some early issues, bad breaks and a poor start, Danica Patrick rallied for a  12th-place finish at the .526-mile oval. Danica...

Danica Patrick STP Gas Booster 500 Race Recap

Danica Patrick delivered one of the most impressive drives by a rookie in the 64-year history of Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, finishing 12th in the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. It was the second-best finish of her brief 16-race Sprint Cup Series career, topped only by her eighth-place result in the season-opening Daytona 500. “Having never been at Martinsville...

Danica Patrick had a solid outing at Martinsville

Danica Patrick had a very solid performance, especially for a rookie, at Martinsville Speedway Sunday. She finished 12th in the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. It was the second-best finish for Danica Patrick in her 16-race Sprint Cup career. Danica finished eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500. “Having never been at Martinsville before, I didn’t...

Ranking the 11 Most Intelligent Drivers in NASCAR Today (

Two of NASCAR's most intelligent drivers, not to mention boss and employee, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick.(Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) BY JERRY BONKOWSKI (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON APRIL 9, 2013 A few weeks back, I put forth a list of what I believed to be the 11 most intelligent crew chiefs in NASCAR today, ranked in order. Reader response was fantastic—as were reader comments, which I
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