Danica Patrick 12th in Darlington debut

Originally Published: May 11, 2012
By Brant James

Well, that wasn't so bad, now was it?

Danica Patrick spent weeks offering the proper amount of deference to the reputation and legend of one of NASCAR's most difficult and revered tracks. She spent much of Friday finally learning firsthand how intimidating Darlington Raceway can be, in a first trip there or 20th.

But with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. and spotter TJ Majors designing her path and strategy, and Sprint Cup owner Tony Stewart chiming onto team radio ...

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