Danica Patrick in NASCAR: Can She Earn Her First Stock-Car Win in 2011?

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Danica Patrick in NASCAR: Can She Earn Her First Stock-Car Win in 2011?
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When Danica Patrick arrived on the NASCAR scene at this point last year, fan reaction to her move from the IZOD IndyCar Series was incredibly mixed.

While some believed that the arrival of Patrick would bring some much-needed attention to the Nationwide Series in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (with support from GoDaddy.com, of course), many others believed that the Roscoe, Ill. native didn't have what it took to succeed in another form of auto racing.

Fast-forward to January 2011, and the jury certainly seems to be still out on whether the face of American open-wheel racing can make a successful transition, as a seamless one is certainly out the window.

Is it possible that she could reach Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series next season? The answer certainly seems clear, but nothing is certain in today's sports world.

Here's a look at the factors that could help or hurt Patrick in the season ahead.

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