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Danica Patrick’s Dose of Reality: Bristol Brings Her Back To Earth

For the past two weeks, NASCAR was abuzz with the news of Danica Patrick's historic fourth-place finish in the Nationwide race at Las Vegas. Did this prove Danica is for real in NASCAR? Could she win a Nationwide race this season? Was she ready to run with the big boys? Might she even join a Sprint Cup team such as Joe Gibbs Racing or Red Bull in 2012? Well-respected columnists wrote articles imploring her to make the switch to NASCAR full-time, claiming that Danica needs NASCAR and NASCAR needs her to be the sport's next big star, as though she were the second coming of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Danica mania reached fever pitch, despite the fact that Las Vegas was her first top-10 in 16 Nationwide starts. At times, the only voice of reason seeme...

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