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Will Danica End Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Run as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver?

Danica Patrick has already notched one NASCAR popularity award in 2012. She now begins her full-time stint in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where she could easily rout Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from his reign as the sport's most popular driver. Patrick was named NASCAR Nationwide Series most popular driver at the end of season awards banquet. The driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports has only one full season in the second-tier series. Patrick ran part-time schedules in the Nationwide series during 2010 and 2011. The 2012 season ended with her 10th in the point standing,  which was the highest finish for a female in a NASCAR national series. The driver of the No. 7 failed to win any races during 2012. She start...

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