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Danica Patrick: Why Her Run at Daytona Shows She’s Making Strides in a Stock Car

Danica Patrick's strong run at Daytona demonstrates the gains she has made in driving stock cars. She nearly won the race but finished 10th after a last-lap wreck ruined the first legitimate chance she's had to win in NASCAR.Does this mean that Patrick is now certain to make the jump to NASCAR full-time in 2012?All indications seem to point in that direction: her improving results in NASCAR, the expiration of her IndyCar contract at the end of the year, the encouragement she receives in the NASCAR garage and how much she seems to be enjoying driving stock cars. The results at Daytona were just the latest proof of the progress Patrick has made in NASCAR.Established drivers showed a willingness to draft with Patr...

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