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Patrick trouble-free in first Nationwide practice

By: AP
By: AP

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Danica Patrick has taken the next
step in her stock car racing education, staying out of trouble and
learning as much as she can in her first NASCAR Nationwide series
practice at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick's crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., says she was comfortable in
the car Wednesday and did a good job handling the jump from ARCA to
Nationwide. After finishing sixth in the Daytona ARCA race on
Saturday, Patrick is preparing to make her Nationwide race debut
Saturday.

Patrick finished 26th on the speed chart. Eury said practice
speeds aren't particularly important at Daytona because they don't
indicate how fast the car will be in the race.


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