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Daytona and Danica Patrick: Novelty Is Out, Reality Strikes

Danica Patrick will take to Daytona International Speedway for the second time, but it is virgin territory for the NASCAR Nationwide driver. The fascination of the media and fans with Patrick remains, but it appears to be more subdued as they wait to see how her performance will play out this year in NASCAR. The driver of the No. 7 for JR Motorsports will drive in 12 Nationwide races this season, one less than last year.  She will continue to straddle both the IndyCar and NASCAR second-tier series with her first race in a fendered car being the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona. Patrick not only has the new-style Nationwide car to deal with, the track surface is a whole new animal for her and the other drivers. Her experience ...

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