If "rubbin is racin'!", an incident during the Gatorade Duel races to determine starting spots for this weekend's Daytona 500 NASCAR race also proves that rubbin' is wreckin'. With just two corners to go, Danica Patrick was running near tenth place down on the inside of a tightly packed field. Above her, Jaime McMurray bumped Aric Almirola, who then bumped Patrick and sent her careening into the infield wall at about 200 miles per hour.

Patrick emerged on her own and was declared fine. Her No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet wasn't: it was totaled, and by having to use the backup she'll start at the back of the pack for the Daytona 500. Patrick was philosophical about it, though, and provided one of the best descriptions of meeting a wall at the double-ton: "kind of hug it in and let it rip." According to USA Today, before the incident, Patrick had run a solid race and stayed out of trouble. Despite the incident (which wasn't her fault), the way Patrick ran the race gained her some respect among others in the field.

There are two videos of the crash after the jump, the first is better quality, the second includes Patrick's comments after the incident.






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      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a Danica fan but there was not much she could do about this one. Restricter plate racing sux.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GasMan
        Nothing except running at the front to avoid getting caught up in wrecks like this, and perform like someone that's been given the rushed "rise to the top" in terms of equipment, marketing, and hype... like everyone in Nationwide that she stepped all over to secure a Sprint Cup ride, even for just part of the season. There are plenty of Nationwide guys that would KILL for a chance to run in the 500. On that same note, there are plenty in Camping World that would KILL For a ride in Nationwide, that she was just handed to her on a silver platter for no real reason. None based on experience or showing that she can actually produce behind the wheel of a stock car that is...
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GasMan
        Nothing except running at the front to avoid getting caught up in wrecks like this, and perform like someone that's been given the rushed "rise to the top" in terms of equipment, marketing, and hype... like everyone in Nationwide that she stepped all over to secure a Sprint Cup ride, even for just part of the season. There are plenty of Nationwide guys that would KILL for a chance to run in the 500. On that same note, there are plenty in Camping World that would KILL For a ride in Nationwide, that she was just handed to her on a silver platter for no real reason. None based on experience or showing that she can actually produce behind the wheel of a stock car that is...
      mrx19
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's the over / under on the number of cars that will actually finish the 500? NASCAR is hopeless. What do they do - change the rules to get rid of the two car draft and it's back to pack racing and the dreaded "big one". I figure 4 or 5 of those during the race. With all cars running within 1 to 2 MPH of each other, the winner is simple someone who is lucky enough no to wreck.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrx19
        Since it's been on for about a week now, I can say that changes they've made since last year make it impossible to run in packs of two around the track and stay ahead. Part of it, yes, but the big pack is the way to go again. And yes, it's all about luck and timing for that last push to be the leader in the end.
      TopGun
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was a big hit. Interesting how the open wheelers let go of the steering wheel before it breaks their wrists.
        Noah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TopGun
        She did let go. I didn't think stock cars were considered open-wheelers.
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like her spirit! Go get them, girl! Gee, I have to watch this race. Is there any online coverage or something? Which European TV channels will air it?
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I don't follow nascar much now ( I used to watch more when I was a kid; Pearson, Petty, Foty era, loved it) it's always been a common occurrence for someone to crash. But now it's Danica, and the comments are all about her looks and how this ride has been handed to her, etc. I know these cars are mobile commercials and drivers are hired for marketability as much as skill, but, she's a young woman and drivin' wit dem big ol' boys at Daytona, that counts for something, no?
      Alex Solomotis
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know if anybody here has ever driven one of these around the track but it really takes a lot of courage to do this, especially as fast as they go and as tight as that pack was. I was fortunate enough to have my wife buy a racing package for me for my 50th birthday (VA internation Speedway). I was barely able to get my fat ass behind the wheel let alone get the speed up going around the track to keep my position.One of the most fun experiences of my life and recommend it highly. If you do not respect EVERY driver in that race after an experience like that, then you don't respect anybody.
        Silly Pickle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Solomotis
        My wife bought me 18 laps at Disney Orlando for my b-day. Fun stuff, but I personally wish they would've let me go faster. It's a short track, but the lead car (you're only out there maybe 4 at a time, lead car & you 3 lengths apart, 1/2 a lap apart from the other 2...not really sure anyone else was out there) never went faster than 128 mph, or at least that was my top speed...first couple of laps your brain can't believe the g's in the corner, then you start getting used to it...and it's like, get outta my way grandpa! But he doesn't...and I suppose it probably has something to do with liability. Don't want some scaredy cat moron crashing out at an "unmanageable" speed. Kid got to take 6 laps at over 140 as a passenger though, that was a blast, so he says. Can't imagine how crazy it would be at those higher speeds with traffic... Glad she's alright, I for one like to see her race. Would like to see her win. Much rather kiss her and cover her in champagne than say Tony Stewart. Just sayin'.
        Ryan Comerford
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Solomotis
        I've done this before at the Milwaukee Mile, except there was no pace car and you could go as fast as you could handle it. You never get used to the feeling of the car and the G forces on your body through the corners, I was scared of crashing the thing so I didn't push it. I did a ride-along at Daytona for 4 laps and that is something that every race fan should do. Steeped in history and it's an unbelievable ride. I could not begin to imagine what it would have been like with other cars around.
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good luck Danica!
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet" FINALLY a proper description of a NASCAR, giving credit to the people who actually built the car!
        Jared East
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        Pretty sure its built buy Hendrick and sold to SHR. At least the tube frame and motor.
      Moreno636
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow she just shut up all the haters...grabbed the pole at Daytona, AFTER that horrible accident.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am the biggest Patrick hater I know, so this is marvelous news for me. If every time she crashes this year gets her worthless ass in the papers, we are in for a year of headlines. To be so average looking without Hollywood makeup leaves me dumbfounded as to how she's been handed the keys to a racing career while possessing mediocre talent. There are great racing driving women out there, she just isn't one of them. I can't leave a Patrick comment without mentioning my Christmas morning house fire wish, so there ya go. Vote away!
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        It's kind of like how any moron can post on an internet blog comment board.
        montegod7ss
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Only 25 down votes. Bunch of pansies.
      matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank science for SAFER barriers, not God.
      nikescar
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'll take a few races for her to get used to the way rednecks drive.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nikescar
        Gotta love the ignorance in some people...
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