Darlington's backstretch looms for Danica Patrick

Originally Published: May 11, 2012
By Brant James

Danica Patrick spent the middle of this week honoring sponsor commitments, including a Thursday news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where she officially added a major cola company to her lucrative portfolio of endorsement deals.

Business commitments aside, she would rather have been 102 miles southeast in rural South Carolina, coaxing a rental car toward the backstretch wall at Darlington Raceway in preparation for Saturday night's Southern 500. Or peering out the passenger ...

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