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Danica did what she needed to do

Updated: February 21, 2014, 9:54 AM ET
By Brant James | Special to espnW.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick entered the 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway last year trying to protect her pole-winning car. She entered her next installment on Thursday night trying to race her way into the Daytona 500. There was anxiousness in both but a bit more freedom this time. It worked out again.

Patrick assured her entry in Sunday's Daytona 500 by finishing 14th in the first of two Daytona Duels despite a harrowing final three laps.

She ...

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