DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart has won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway for the fifth time in the last six years.
Now for the bigger news, in her NASCAR debut at Daytona International Speedway Danica Patrick lasted until Lap 68 when she was involved in a 10 or 12-car wreck in the Nationwide Series event.
Danica was running smoothly in the 21st position when several cars bumped and spun out in front of her. She maintained her position in the middle of the track, a strategy that paid off earlier in the race when she was able to avoid spinning cars during an earlier wreck but using the same tactic the second time in the race ended her day early. Unable to avoid the spinning cars, she hit some debris then slammed into the outside wall damaging her car and knocking herself out of the race.
Shortly after, her crew pushed the car back to the garage and evaluated the heavy damage to the front right area of the vehicle.
Last week after completed the ARCA event at DIS and taking 6th place, Danica felt comfortable enough to move her NASCAR debut up a week to today’s Nationwide 300 season-opener.
She expects to run again next week in California then again in the following Nationwide race in Las Vegas.
Driving in the shadows of Danica, the other female competing in the race was Chrissy Wallace who also had an unscheduled visit with the wall, this one during Lap 1.
Ms. Wallace spun out near turn four slid across the track and slammed into the wall totaling her vehicle.
During an interview shortly after the crash, she blamed Paul Menard for the accident. “It was a “dumb mistake on his part,” said the disgruntled driver. That’s hard to argue with after seeing the replay of the accident where it appeared Menard pushed Wallace causing her to spin out of control.
Before throwing your PBR at the TV and getting your panties in a wad screaming out the cliche ‘woman drivers!’ you may want to watch the replays. Both of these wrecks were caused by some of men in the race.
BTW, Chrissy was one of four Wallaces in NASCAR’s second-tier event. Dad Mike Wallace, Uncle Kenny Wallace and cousin Steve Wallace also started the race.
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