For those of you who are chasing love, it's usually best to avoid automobile accidents with your significant other while driving at speeds close to 200 miles per hour.
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. learned that the hard way Sunday in their Camping World RV Sales 301 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The couple collided at NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race after a restart. NASCAR's first lady broke down the wreck from her point of view, per David Newton of ESPN:
"We were all bunched up on those restarts," Patrick said. "I'm not sure if I misjudged the braking zone or if they stopped really quick in front of me. It felt like they stopped really quick. I tried to stop myself to keep from getting in the back of anyone, but I got sideways when I tried to do that.
"Unfortunately, I took people with me."
Patrick finished 37th after the wreck, while Stenhouse would notch a 34th-place finish.
Coincidentally, Sunday wasn't the first time the two lovebirds' cars collided on the track. In May's Coca-Cola 600, Patrick and Stenhouse were a part of a wreck involving Brad Keselowski that the defending Sprint Cup champion admitted he was at fault for.
This time, however, Patrick put the accident upon herself.
"I'm really sorry," Patrick told ESPN. "At the end of the day it was me that started it, so I'm really sorry."
Apologies don't get you very far in the cut-throat sport of NASCAR, but given it's her boyfriend we're talking about, that may not be the case this time around.
The two Sprint Cup rookies have certainly grown in the sport together, but it's been a bumpy road so far for each driver—literally. I'm sure the two are happy that they've crossed paths in the outside world, but it may be in their best interest to not let that path-crossing spill over onto the track.
Patrick's first year in the Sprint Cup has had more downs than ups, while Stenhouse has emerged into 21st place in the Sprint Cup standings. No word yet on who will be sleeping on the couch tonight.
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