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At 29th, Danica Patrick ties best Sprint finish

Updated: September 3, 2012, 8:26 AM ET
By Brant James

Danica Patrick's foray back into the deep end of NASCAR's talent pool yielded 326 laps of knowledge and, with a 29th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, a tie for her best career Sprint Cup finish.

Patrick, who was contesting her fifth of 10 races at NASCAR's highest level before making her full-time series launch in 2013, finished six laps behind winner Denny Hamlin. But in what is in essence a live-action test against the top drivers in the sport, she was able to finish ...

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