Danica pleased with stock car progress

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Danica Patrick is pleased with her
progress in stock car racing but understands she'll face a
significant challenge in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race at
Daytona International Speedway.

Her primary goal: simply finish the race and learn as much as
she can along the way, calling it "300 miles of practice."

Patrick continues to stay out of trouble and get more
comfortable in the draft. She is fifth-fastest in practice after
coming in 26th on the speed charts yesterday, but Patrick and crew
chief Tony Eury Jr. have noted that practice speeds aren't
particularly relevant at Daytona.