Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/23/13

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 25: Danica Patrick driver of the #7 Motorola Andretti green Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IRL IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 on April 25, 2009 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick will start from pole position in Sunday’s 55th running of the Daytona 500. Her boyfriend and fellow Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., starts in the 12th position. Patrick told MensHealth.com that dating a competitor is a bad idea, but she just couldn’t help herself. “Well, I don’t think I thought it was a good idea, Patrick said. “There was nothing I could do about it. You can’t tell your heart who to like and not like. It just happened.” The Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr (we don’t have a Bennifer or TomKat like couple name for them yet) relationship could experience some tension on the track. Not just because of where one of the two finishes, but what if one of them were to win rookie of the year? Not since 2006, when Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. battled for the Rookie of the Year Award, has there been this much attention focused on the rookie title. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Timmy Hill and Danica Patrick, all eligible for 2013 Rookie of the Year honors, enter this season looking to make their mark. Stenhouse is a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. Hill won the Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011. Stenhouse won it in 2010. Patrick finished the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series 10th in points. When the divorce of Danica Patrick became official in January (it was announced in November), the Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr. relationship that had likely been going on for some time went public. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of visitors. He also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker A Fulbright scholar, author and MBA, Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too. The post Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr relationship tested by rookie of the year battle appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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