Danica Patrick Crashes in Phoenix
Danica Patrick’s second start of the season at Phoenix ended in a hard crash. She ended up finishing a disappointing 39th. She came into the race leading the "Rookie Of The Year" battle, but it’s still early in this 36 race season.
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Danica Patrick continued her rookie season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday afternoon. Her weekend got off to a slow start on Friday as she qualified back in 40th in her green #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. That effort had to be a bit disappointing. Danica had said that she didn’t expect results like she had in Daytona, but she was hoping to make the races, get finishes and gain valuable experience.
During the first half of the race, Danica made her laps, stayed out of trouble and made it as far up as 21st place. She was simply trying to stay in the hunt for a charge into the top 20 down the stretch, but that never happened. Just past halfway, she got a right front flat tire and slammed the wall coming out of the turn. Making matters worse, David Ragan tried to speed past the wreck and ended up hitting her driver’s side door hard.
She had been running on the lead lap at that point, but her race was over. After being checked out in the infield care center, Danica commented that this wreck wasn’t quite as bad as her crash at Daytona last year. She remarked that there was no indication of a problem with the tires prior to her wreck and praised NASCAR for its safety measures. She added that she was hoping for a better finish for points so her team could get a better parking spot in the garage next week in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas was the site of her top five finish in the Nationwide Series last season, and she’ll be hoping for a good run next week. Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., her rival in the rookie point battle, picked up a 16th place finish at Phoenix. Stenhouse’s teammate, Carl Edwards, snapped a 70 race winless streak with his win on Sunday. Danica will be trying to regain momentum and stay in the hunt for “Rookie Of The Year” honors when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Las Vegas next Sunday.