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Danica Patrick Crashes In NASCAR Debut

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 14, 2010

Danica Patrick's NASCAR debut came to an end when she crashed during the Nationwide series on Saturday at Datyona International Speedway. 

The 12-car crash was initiated by Josh Wise and rookie Colin Braun during lap 68. The sliding cars emitted smoke, which made it difficult for Patrick to escape the colliding cars in front of her. Her car hit the outside wall, and unfortunately, the damages were too severe to allow her to return.

Luckily, she didn't suffer any significant injuries. 

After the race Patrick said, "It's important to have realistic expectations, there's going to be spikes in performance, I don't doubt that. But there's also going to be tough days. And today, I would say, was more of a tough day. I wish I would’ve run up there at the beginning and felt more comfortable, but I just didn’t. And that just proves how hard it is out here and how much there is to learn and how good all these drivers really are.”

Patrick finished 35th out of 43, and Tony Stewart ended up winning the race for the fifth time in the past six years. 

In an interview,Tony Stewart, arguably the most successful driver to made the transition from open-wheel driving to stock cars, said that this will be a valuable experience for her and will help her in the long run. 

Many believe she is destined to be a star as a competitive stock car driver. She has been under tremendous pressure to succeed and what we must wonder is whether or not the pressure got to her.

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Danica's next race is on the upcoming Saturday at Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, California. 

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