Danica Patrick retires — NASCAR Cup Series

Feb 23, 2018, 04:26
Danica Patrick retires — NASCAR Cup Series

This will be the last NASCAR race to include Danica Patrick, who is the first and still only woman ever to win an IndyCar Series race.

The weather forecast is sparkling with highs predicted in the mid-80s under partly cloudy skies. NASCAR only scores out to the thousandths of a second.

The former GoDaddy girl took a final ride in a bright-green No. 7 Chevrolet, fielded by Premium Motorsports. Earnhardt retired after the 2017 season.

In a wild race that would feature a dozen cautions, and four overtime restart attempts, Sadler would manage to be there at the end.

- The Daytona 500 is sold out for the third straight year.

Chris Buescher took fifth ahead of Paul Menard, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell and A. J. Allmendinger.

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Brad Keselowski came into the night as the Vegas favorite to win the Daytona 500. You never know what can happen on Sunday.

"It is unbelievable to have the (No.) 3 back in the winner's circle 20 years later". And hopefully we'll have more of that enter this culture, which only makes it better and richer'. "That would be the one that counts".

"We were able to do this a year ago, win the Duel", Elliott said. "Unfortunately, we were one of the cars that got tore up".

"I tell her every week go out there, I love you, have fun", T.J. Patrick said.

-Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will become the first black driver since 1969 to start the Daytona 500.

The entire field is facing new challenges in this old race. That is a tall order to get a vehicle ready for a superspeedway that is competitive.

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Patrick said she hopes she was able to deliver fun to all of the people who were out there watching her race.

In addition, NASCAR trimmed the number of over-the-wall pit crew members from six to five, making pit stops a bit trickier and slower. For now, that stings for the young driver. Wallace posted the fastest time during Saturday's final practice, clocking 196.954 in the No. 43 Chevy. "We are a small budget team with a lot of poise and attitude, and a lot of stuff to fight through".

'I think that's such a good thing, and we need more of that. We are 60 days until the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Toyota Owners 400 Cup Series race.

Here's what brought an end to Patrick's NASCAR career. She'll go at the Indy 500 in late May. There had been much hand-wringing over the retirements of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick, but it may have been unnecessary worry.

In the UNOH Fanzone, I visited with fans to learn about their experience in the infield.

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