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Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

Posted on: March 19, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2011 6:59 pm

By Pete Pistone

Danica Patrick’s final NASCAR race until June 4th didn’t go exactly as she had hoped.

Coming off her historic fourth place finish at Las Vegas two weeks ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which made Patrick the highest finishing female driver in NASCAR since 1949, her first trip to Bristol Motor Speedway ended like it has for many a driver over the years – in the garage with a battered race car.

While running 17th, Patrick made contact with Ryan Truex racing down the backstretch with 48 laps to go in Saturday’s Nationwide Series Scotts EZ Seed 300. Patrick wound up sliding through turn three before smashing hard into the outside retaining wall.

She was uninjured in the crash but not happy with Truex.

“It felt like to me, I came out of the corner I was just running down the straight and it felt like he came off the wall,” said Patrick. “I don’t I know if he had a tag-slap off the wall, like he was pushing up and then it snapped on him and he came off. I don’t know. I don’t know if I may be giving him the benefit of the doubt right there.”

Truex didn’t waste any time after the race ended to apologize for the incident and took blame for ending Patrick’s day and ruining his chance for a better finish.

“It was my fault. I guess that’s just racing at Bristol,” Truex said. “We were racing there and I just came off the corner, got loose, and as I was saving it just came down the hill and got into her. My fault. I mean, I’m sorry. I didn’t want for that to happen. I don’t know if she thinks I did it on purpose. I guess she’s just mad because she was running good. It was an accident. I apologize.”

So a 33rd place finish is what Patrick has to show for her effort in her final NASCAR race for three months as she embarks on the 2011 IZOD Indy Car Series season next weekend in St. Petersburg.

“I’m just disappointed,” Patrick said. “I felt like this was a pretty decent run at Bristol for the first time.

  … It’s disappointing to leave for a couple of months with this kind of a thing.”


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Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:14 pm

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

Although I am in no way a Danica fan, the 99 didn't hold his line and turned right into her in the midle of the straightaway. Anyone who thinks she is at fault is either a hater or doesn't know anything about racing.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 5:58 am

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

I could care less about Danica Patrick, really. If she wins, good for her, if she doesnt, better luck next time. What drives me insane is people saying she sucks because she hasnt won.

You do know how hard it is to win a race with 43 cars in it, right? Jeff Gordon ran 66 races between wins. Carl Edwards went 70, Ryan Newman 77, Mark Martin 97 at some point in their careers. Dale Jr is pushing about a 100 race droght. Should they all have gotten out of their rides too? (Though Im sure some peoiple that dont like Jr will say he should HAHA). Hell, a few years back Matt Kenseth won a Championship and "only" won one that season.

You dont just strap into a car and win a race. I dont care what your name is, what your gender is, or what you look like.

Stop acting like its that easy.

Since: Mar 12, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:06 pm
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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:12 pm

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

Get this woman back in the kitchen where she belongs.  She can't drive.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:06 pm

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

She had a right to be upset, your have a good run at a new track and it's your last race for 3 months.
I might be wrong, but on sportscenter.....well here is how the highlights went....

..."here's Danica getting lapped by the leader....and now here she is getting lapped again...."


Now how's that having a good run @ a new track?

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:52 pm

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

I wish there was another female that she pulls some of her antics on.  I really want to see Danica punched in the face.  She is an over hyped model that finished in forth place.  Pretty historic huh, whatever, the Flock women in the 1940's was a really race car driver.  4th who cares.  She needs to take blame for her actions at some point.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:15 am

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

totally her fault...if you look closely at the replay...she turned into him...IMO, since she had been lapped like 10 times and had no chance in this race, she did the next best thing, (to get some camera time) crash into someone and then act like she wants to fight someone....DO EVERYONE A FAVOR DANICA...GO AWAY!

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:23 am

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

Looked like it was all her fault to me...

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:33 am

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

Danica there is a reason why you are not winning races. look in the mirror you suck. And stop going out on the track to call someone out you look stupid!!!

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2011 9:38 pm

Crash leaves Patrick frustrated

I'll be the first to admit that I'm no race expert, but watching the replay, it looked to me like she was probably more at fault than Truex was!  Am I wrong about that?  Certainly appeared like she drifted up the track as she came out of the corner...

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