February 21, 2013
Danica Patrick talks Daytona learning curve
Patrick's car runs tight during Duel 150s but provides polesitter with valuable information
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

Danica Patrick (lower right) takes the green flag on the pole in her No. 10 Chevrolet to start the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel yesterday. (Reuters)

Danica Patrick will keep her pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500 after she survived the Budweiser Duel 150s Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

And Jeff Gordon will keep his spot beside her, even though neither won their final qualifying races.

Patrick finished 17th in her Duel and Gordon 12th in his.

Patrick started the first of the two Duel races on pole and ran a very conservative race, moving backward on the bottom line to 22nd position after the first 10 laps.

“The top line was the way to go,” she said. “I lifted a little on the start and I don’t know whether I should have or not. The (bottom line) slowed so fast in a real scary way. Once I dropped back I just hung there.”

Patrick said the team had tightened up her No. 10 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet on Wednesday and even more on Thursday, making turning more difficult.


“I was really tight,” she said. “I feel like we kind of overshot it.”


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