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Danica Patrick OK after wreck in Daytona qualifier

In this July 1, 2011, photo, Danica Patrick gets ready to get into her car during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

In this July 1, 2011, photo, Danica Patrick gets ready to get into her car during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Danica Patrick was calm, collected
and even cracked a joke after she got caught in a wreck and hit the
wall hard in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway
on Thursday.

Her ride didn't fare quite so well. Racing in the first two 150-mile qualifying races Thursday, Patrick got spun out on the last lap, then hit the inside wall on the backstretch. The wreck demolished the front end of Patrick's car, and she'll have to use a backup in Sunday's Daytona 500.

After being released from the infield medical care center,
Patrick said she hoped her backup car might be even faster than her
primary car. Maybe, she joked, the accident will turn out to be a
"blessing in big disguise."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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