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Boss or boyfriend? Patrick understands why Stewart wanted to 'choke' Stenhouse for blocking

  • NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick, left, and Tony Stewart leave the garages at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., after tire testing at the track on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Pocono Record, Keith R. Stevenson)The Associated Press

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing driver Danica Patrick talks to the media outside her hauler, Friday, May 31, 2013, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing driver Danica Patrick talks to the media outside her hauler, Friday, May 31, 2013, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 17, 2013 file photo, Danica Patrick, right, walks with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., left, on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Showdown auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Patrick says there were some "silent moments" on the way home from Sunday's May 26, 2013 Coca-Cola 600 after Stenhouse drove his car into the side of his girlfriend's car and ended her race. It was the first run-in for the NASCAR rookies since they announced in February they were dating. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The Associated Press

Danica Patrick sides with her boss over her boyfriend.

Patrick laughed at the idea that Tony Stewart (her boss) wanted to choke Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (her boyfriend) for blocking in last week's race at Charlotte. In fact, she might have helped Stewart put his hands around Stenhouse's neck. Patrick had her race spoiled when she was wrecked by Stenhouse in their first on-track accident since they announced they were dating.

If Patrick felt caught in the middle of the boss-boyfriend squabble, she didn't show it Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Patrick says Stewart is only trying to help Stenhouse grow as a driver.