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NNS: Patrick’s Day Ends In Disappointment

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Danica Patrick’s weekend went from excellent to exasperating with just a touch of a teammate’s fender.

Patrick was entering Turn 3 on Lap 49 of Saturday’s Drive for COPD 300 at Daytona International Raceway, when she was tapped by her JR Motorsports teammate Cole Whitt.

The contact sent Patrick’s No. 7 Chevrolet down to the apron where it turned right and went up into the outside wall.

Patrick, who on Friday became only the second woman to win a pole in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, was forced to the garage for extensive repairs.

A FULL REPORT WILL FOLLOW.

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100.