Danica Patrick: Should She Be Penalized for Retaliation at Talladega?
It was good ole Talladega racing with the "big ones" that ended under green-white-checker conditions, as Joey Logano jumped Kyle Busch on the last lap for a win and Danica Patrick retaliated big time.
Patrick was attempting to side draft on the outside of Sam Hornish Jr. on the final lap, as the two battled for position.
Hornish blocked Patrick, pushing her against the wall, and the driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com made good on her promise that she wouldn't let the guys push her around.
Hornish may have had trouble keeping his car down because of a possible tire going down from an incident with another car.
Patrick turned Hornish in the first turn, after the checkered flag, and sent him head-on into the wall. Though the cars were not full throttle, the retaliation was very similar to Kyle Busch's move in Texas that got him parked.
It would have appeared the two drivers were destined for the NASCAR hauler, but as of this time, there has been no report of any actions on the part of NASCAR.
Patrick made a very deliberate move to the back left corner of Hornish's car and he took a hard right into the wall.
The two drivers have a history from the IndyCar Series and one has to wonder if that had anything to do with Patrick losing her cool.
NASCAR does not have a "girls have at it" policy, but the retaliatory action taken by the driver of the No. 7 should not be brushed aside even though the race had ended.
NASCAR set a precedent with Kyle Busch and his punishment after retaliatory action in a NCWTS race against Ron Hornaday at Texas Motor Speedway.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming week as Patrick heads to Darlington for another round of Cup racing in her No. 10.
During what looked to be the final laps of the Aaron's 312, a multi-car wreck caused Eric McClure to be cut from his car and airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the No. 14 Toyota was alert and talking to the emergency workers.
Fans wanted action and they got it in true Talladega style. If this race was any indication of tomorrow's action with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, we are in for a good one.
As for Patrick's retaliation, we may not have heard the end of that incident.
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