Danica Patrick raced her tail off and tried her best to get the win Friday night in the Subway Jalapeño 250. Though she didn’t win the race, she proved that she belongs in the Nationwide series.
She started her GoDaddy.com Chevy in seventh place and finished in 10th place. Patrick led many laps and worked well drafting with Tony Stewart and Aric Almirola. However, on the last lap Mike Wallace attempted to block her and caused a multi-car pile up that resulted her 10th place finish. Leave it to a veteran to cause “the big one” at Daytona.
Patrick handled the incident well and kept her cool. “It looked like Mike Wallace was like a fish out of water at the end,” Patrick said. “He was high, he was low and then he was high into me. It was just a cluster.”
Although the No. 7 JR Motorsports team did not get the finish they hoped for, the team was very excited about how well they ran and the progress they achieved. “Hopefully I earned people’s respect out there some more,” said Patrick. “That’s what it’s going to take – whether you’re a girl or a boy, or young or new, you’ve got to earn the respect of your peers. That’s what I try to do every weekend.”
She seems to have the drafting aspect of it down. Now she has to work on her intermediate and short-track skills. When she came into the sport she had no idea how to communicate with crew chief Tony Eury Jr in NASCAR lingo. She is quickly picking that up, helping Eury Jr get the car to her liking. The cars are getting faster and the results are getting better for this JRM team. She still has a lot of learning to do, but I am very excited to see how she does in the future. I hope she will soon make the switch full-time to NASCAR so we can have a competitive female racer in our sport.
Turner Motorsports Success
Turner Motorsports is taking the Nationwide Series by storm. Following the Subway Jalapeño 250, they now have all three drivers in the top 5 in points. Reed Sorenson is the series point leader with one win under his belt. Justin Allgaier and Mark Martin have also each gotten a win for the team this year. Turner Motorsports is now the team to beat. Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier, and Jason Leffler all have a legitament chance to win the Nationwide title. Not to mention, all three drivers finished in the top 5 at Daytona this weekend and ranked fastest on the restarts.
Sorenson also won the Nationwide $100,000 “Dash for cash” reward, given to the highest finishing young gun in the race. Don’t underestimate this team; they only get better every week!
Joey Logano Finally the Bride
Joey Logano finally became the bride at Daytona. Logano held off hard-charging Jason Leffler to get his first win of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing. He only led the last half mile of the last lap, but thankfully for him that’s all that counts.
Logano had help from his JGR teammate Kyle Busch to push him to the lead. “Usually, I’m the guy that’s finished second – unfortunately — but this time I am the winner, so I’m pretty pumped up about that. This is a huge win for me for a lot of reasons,” Logano said. I’m still not sure where Joey came from on that last restart, but congratulations to him on his long awaited win.