Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/12
Danica Patrick was not ready for prime time at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night. While Kevin Harvick won his 38th career Nationwide Series race, a costly mistake by Patrick at the start-finish line on Lap 143 sent her No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet on a wild ride against the front stretch wall following contact with Brad Sweet. She finished 29th. "I got too close," Patrick said. "I got into him." Patrick qualified 24th. In the first 10 laps she advanced to 20th -- but she was far from the top female in the early laps. On Lap 27, Johanna Long, who qualified eighth, passed Denny Hamlin for fifth place. When Long got the best of the hometown hero, he quipped the move might force him into "an early Nationwide (Series) retirement." Long's luck was short-lived after she lost nine positions in the pits with her part-time team and restarted 14th after the first caution on Lap 44. Meanwhile Patrick, entering the pits 21st, complained she was "tight in the center" and that h...
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