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I walked into work two days after the Daytona 500, and the first two people I spoke with about the race essentially opened with, “What an awful last lap Danica had.” Huh. Danica Patrick started the last lap third and finished eighth. At Daytona, you can start the final lap third and finish in traction. (Guess their TVs were busted for the Saturday race.) It was the most unfair standard ever applied to an athlete in the history of competitive sports. Then last Friday came and the questions from NASCAR novices came fast and furious about how Patrick was doing at Phoenix. They wanted some magic again. The uninitiated equated one lap at Daytona with a Tiger Woods-esque infatuation with Patrick that just can’t be fulfilled. By June, will she wish she had qualified fourth? * When it was announced that the NRA would sponsor the April Sprint Cup race at Texas, the two main things Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith told ESPN.com was that (1) the NRA was one of the top sponsors of Spe...
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