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When the leaders pitted for fuel on lap 172, Patrick stayed out to take the lead.
Patrick's car stalled in the pits about halfway through the 500-mile (800 km) race, dropping her to the middle of the field; and shortly after reclaiming a spot in the top 10, Patrick spun on a caution period just before an intended green flag leading to a four car accident.
A year after Danica Patrick spent most of NASCAR Media Day talking about her affair with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., she's eager to embrace the topic.
After all, Valentine's Day is sweeter than a tussle with Richard Petty. — As usual, Danica Patrick was surrounded during Thursday's Media Day at Daytona International Speedway.
It's good to be back.' "It always feels good to be back on the bus for some reason. I'll figure it out, I'll ask somebody.' I'm like, 'OK, I'll let you just do it.' " Patrick doesn't mind such silly questions. "We both looked back at last year (at Media Day) and we were like, 'Remember what last year was like? I'm sure it was fun asking those questions." Now Patrick hopes the fun continues.
After answering several questions about Petty's comments and her struggles on the track, Patrick laughed and said she much preferred talking about her boyfriend. Except for a minor dust-up on the track, their relationship seemed to have little bearing on their performances as they battled for rookie of the year honors.
Patrick, who is divorced, even joked during the offseason about possibly getting married again someday ("Ask Ricky," she said).
While Stenhouse was a bit uncomfortable with all the personal questions, Patrick was downright giddy, laughing and smiling and happy to talk about her new boyfriend. Instead, most were focused on her well-documented struggles last season, when she finished a dismal 27th in the Sprint Cup standings while Stenhouse finished 19th. Though Patrick reveals little about her private life, she has not been shy in talking about her relationship with Stenhouse.
The focus of Patrick's media visit Thursday was Richard Petty's controversial comments in which he said that Patrick would never win a Sprint Cup race. The couple began dating more than a year ago and were a fixture at both the track and in the driver motorhome lot last year, and sometimes in public.
Patrick overcame two crucial errors to finish fourth, the same position she started in.