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Is Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Experiment Already a Failure?

Danica Patrick really should not take all the blame for her wretched rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After all, she gained her full-time ride with Stewart-Haas Racing based more on a marketing myth than on merit. What was she supposed to do? Turn down the opportunity? Now that her first full season in Sprint Cup is in the books, however, is it too soon to admit that the Patrick stock-car experiment is already a failure? Sadly, the answer is probably not. There is a chance Patrick will begin to turn it around in 2014 and in seasons yet to come, but the fact is that she was rushed into NASCAR's top national touring series before she was ready. And another fact she and NASCAR and SHR may not yet be willing to admit is that she m...

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