Danica Patrick vs. Travis Pastrana: The Race Is On

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Danica Patrick vs. Travis Pastrana: The Race Is On
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Michael Waltrip and Travis Pastrana's partnership had a successful first run at Toyota All-Star Showdown.

Travis Pastrana's impressive NASCAR debut at the Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Irwindale Speedway last weekend has set his marketing machine into overdrive as everyone anticipates his first NASCAR Nationwide Series appearance at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July. 

Danica Patrick has taken a different route into the NASCAR system and she has paid the price with poor showings and torn up equipment racing under the JR Motorsports shield. 

Patrick has found the learning curve from Indy Racing League to NASCAR Nationwide Series is an abrupt curve that has caused her to spin off course since beginning her career.

Is it fair to compare Travis Pastrana and Danica Patrick's early NASCAR careers at this point of their journeys?  It does make for great conversation and just a little controversy.

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