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Danica Patrick: Sprint Cup Rookie Gives NASCAR, Daytona 500 Breath of Fresh Air

Danica Patrick didn't make any waves at the Daytona 500, remaining cautious on the way to an eighth-place finish. With speeds at times approaching 200 mph, sometimes that's a good thing.For a NASCAR rookie like Patrick, just beginning her first full season in the sport, merely holding her own with veteran greats like Jimmie Johnson beats making waves every time. She raced to finish, not to win.  Success at Daytona often comes in the form of not failing. Avoiding trouble, usually a multi-car wreck, is half the battle. It's a 500-mile battle of attrition, and Patrick duked it out with the best of them.She fit right in on the track, looking like an experienced professional as she navigated a crowded field, avoiding a couple of big crashe...

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