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Charlize Theron cheering for Danica in NASCAR finale

Charlize Theron cheering for Danica in NASCAR finale

In all honesty, no matter what Patrick accomplished in her NASCAR career, it could never possibly live up to the hype that surrounded her.

Patrick is racing in the Daytona 500 as the first leg of the "Danica Double", as she will compete Sunday and in the Indianapolis 500 before retiring from racing.

Stock auto racing's most successful female driver fell victim to a multi-car crash at the Daytona 500 on Sunday in what she had already announced would be her final race on the popular American circuit. "That's always a chance when you come to a superspeedway that's the result".

Patrick said she hopes she was able to deliver fun to all of the people who were out there watching her race. The wreckage left the 2013 Daytona 500 pole victor with a race vehicle that just wouldn't start. By the time Patrick was out of the race, Harvick, Keselowski, Elliott and Jimmie Johnson were among those knocked out in that accident or earlier accidents.

There was no checkered flag; no trip to Victory Lane and no Cinderella story in her final NASCAR race.

"The vehicle was a lot better than it was in the Duel, a lot better than practice", she said. "It's not even because of [the last race]".




She has completed 53,460 laps of competition since her arrival in the Cup series. "That was a nice moment". "I didn't really expect to get by him".

Keselowski also took some blame, claiming the new handling package left the cars on the edge of control a little too much. "Trying to make a move in front of the No. 9 and it happens so fast". "They got away with it, especially the 24 [Elliott] got away with it most of the weekend and didn't get away with it that time". We pulled this together not that long ago and that's a tall order to get a auto ready for a superspeedway that's competitive.

Now it will be on to Indy to wrap up her career. Her average career finish at the track was 25th.

So, what is it that Patrick has lost during her NASCAR experience? "I made a lot of friends and a lot of great fans".

Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 in the No. 3 Chevrolet on 17-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death.

"This part is over now", Patrick said. I don't remember that.


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