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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Yes vote for Danica-Nationwide-Daytona

By David Newton
ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick says she'll announce Monday whether she will enter next Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, but her crew chief doesn't want to wait.

I'm all for it. I want her to get as much seat time as she can.

-- Tony Eury Jr., on whether Danica Patrick should make her Nationwide debut at Daytona

"My vote will be go," Tony Eury Jr. said after the IndyCar Series star finished sixth in her stock-car debut Saturday night in the ARCA series. "I'm all for it. I want her to get as much seat time as she can."

Eury said he and team co-owner Rick Hendrick originally were skeptical about Patrick competing in the Nationwide race at Daytona because there are so many Sprint Cup drivers in the field.

But, Eury said, the way Patrick rallied from a spinout that left her in last place with fewer than 30 laps remaining was impressive.

Eury added that his father, Tony Eury Sr., stayed in Mooresville, N.C., to finish working on the Nationwide car if Patrick opts to race.

"We're ready to go," he said. "Pops stayed at home to final up some stuff and make sure the cars are ready."

Patrick, who has said all along it would be 50-50 on whether she entered the race, remained non-committal Saturday. Kelley Earnhardt, co-owner of JR Motorsports, also was hesitant to commit.

If Patrick listens to others like she said she would, though, and if Eury's vote carries much weight, she'll be in.

"I would like to see her do it," Eury said. "She did great. I couldn't have asked for too much more. I was impressed."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.