A cautious Danica Patrick 31st at Darlington

Originally Published: May 12, 2012
By Brant James

Danica Patrick had spent nearly four hours and 500 miles learning how to compete at Darlington Raceway in a Sprint Cup car on Saturday. By the final three laps, she had learned it was time to get out of the way and let the finish play out for the leaders.

After being involved in an early crash and finishing a hobbled 38th in her first Sprint Cup start in the Daytona 500, the former IndyCar driver cautiously negotiated the tricky 1.366-mile oval Saturday night, finishing an educated ...

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