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Danica Patrick: Wreck in Phoenix Shows There’s a Steep Learning Curve Ahead

Expectations for Danica Patrick after her top-10 finish this year at the Daytona 500 may have been too high.That was evident when she wrecked and ended up finishing 39th among 43 drivers at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday.Patrick was in 26th place in Phoenix even before her tire blew out, and she crashed on lap 185. Patrick was encouraged that she was on the lead lap for more than half of the race, but she also said it was "not an awesome day by any means," via USA Today.If we needed any more of a reminder that this is Patrick's first full season in the Sprint Cup Series, her crash on Sunday echoed throughout NASCAR Nation. Her eighth-place finish at Daytona cannot be ignored, but neither can her wreck in Phoenix."Progress" should b...

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