Danica Patrick Lead at Daytona Before Last-lap Crash
She didn’t win the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, but she did managed to finish tenth overall. However, it’s not her looks or her finishing position that is newsworthy here, but the fact that she led the field for thirteen laps, and was in a good position to win with four laps to go, but she fell victim of the last-lap carnage Friday. She had help at various times from Tony Stewart, and was paired in the closing laps with JR Motorsports teammate Aric Almirola.
Patrick was upbeat after the finish, saying, "I had a hell of a lot of fun." Some drivers even complimented her on her performance, among them Reed Sorenson who said “she was up front most of the night. It looked like she did a good job and seemed to handle the two-car draft pretty well."
'"It just looks like a bit of a cluster," Patrick said. 'I kept my foot in it, which might not be the best thing here, but I was going for broke. I learned a lot, that's for sure."
Joey Logano used a last-lap push from teammate Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. It was Logano's first win at Daytona, and ninth of his Nationwide career.
“It's nice to be on the other side of the fence, usually I'm the guy in second,” Logano said.