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Danica Patrick knew Darlington Raceway would present a challenge. Although Patrick "felt pretty comfortable" behind the wheel of her NASCAR Nationwide ride, once she climbed behind the wheel of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet and earned her first of several Darlington stripes, Patrick finally realized how difficult the transition to Sprint Cup would be. "I'm chanting to myself, 'Be brave'," Patrick said on the radio nearing the end of Sprint Cup Happy Hour on Friday as she searched for the fastest line around the track. That was an improvement from being "a little freaked out" a couple of hours before when Patrick was last on the speed chart after first practice. Her fastest lap was 167.997 mph. She lost valuable time dialing in the car during her first session after slapping the right side into the wall an hour into practice. "I got the whole right side of the car that time," Patrick told her spotter Tab Boyd, who started with the team this week. Boyd replied, "Welcome to the ...
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