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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
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  On Lap 481 of Sunday's STP Gas Booster at Martinsville Speedway, Danica Patrick found herself in an unexpected position—battling Tony Stewart, her car owner and a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, for the 16th position. Stewart was hung on the outside, losing spots as cars at the bottom of the track passed him in quick succession. Patrick, however, said she didn...

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 Lets it Flow Pre-race

I’m due for a win T… Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, looks on during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway in  Virginia — Danica finished 12th in her debut at the Sprint Cup’s smallest track. She’s slowly getting there.-TO Danica Patrick and Her Boyfriend Hit the Carpet Danica’s Confidence...

Patrick Delivers Impressive Drive at Martinsville

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...

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You

Of all the tracks Danica Patrick has competed at, she is most associated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In seven Indianapolis 500 starts, Patrick finished in the top-10 six times, including a third-place result in 2009, the best finish ever for a woman in the historic race. At Daytona, Patrick won the pole for the February 2012 NASCAR...

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...

Danica shows she's more than just hype

Danica-Maina was all the buzz when Danica Patrick won the pole position for the Daytona 500 and posted a Top-10 finish in the season opener, but today she showed that she’s capable of much more with her 12th place finish at Martinsville in the STP Gas Booster 500. Whether by social media, radio comments, or other platforms, Patrick has been openly criticized by her poor performance...

Ranking the 11 Most Intelligent Drivers in NASCAR Today (BleacherReport.com)

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After the bell

  The fireworks at Martinsville didn't end with the checkered flag. Brian Vickers, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick were racing hard for 11th, 12th and 13th off the final corner, and there was no dearth of contact between their cars. Ultimately, Vickers got to the stripe first, followed by Patrick and Harvick. As the cars sped toward Turn 1 after the checkers, Harvick gave Vickers...

STP Gas Booster 500: Kurt Busch's Rough Ride

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