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Danica rides fortune to 8th-place finish

Updated: July 6, 2014, 6:52 PM ET
By Brant James | Special to espnW.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick was in the mood for another whirl of the roulette wheel. There was plenty to lose, certainly, but she admittedly had been fortunate so far. Her race car had been plenty good enough, so hoping the rain clouds engulfing Daytona International Speedway would relent and undertaking the final 48 laps of the Coke Zero 400 on Sunday didn't seem like too much of a gamble.

She didn't get a chance to chase her best finish in Sprint Cup, but she got to ...

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