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This time, Danica Patrick causes her own problems

Updated: September 8, 2012, 12:02 AM ET
By Brant James

Danica Patrick learned more cogent lessons in the 50th Nationwide Series race of her NASCAR career Friday at Richmond International Raceway. She's still capable of beginner's mistakes, they will cost her and her team is ready to accept them as part of the process of making her a Sprint Cup driver by 2013.

Running 19th, lapped and racing Brad Sweet for position on Lap 144, Patrick slid up the track and into his No. 38 Chevrolet, initiating contact that sent her hard into the wall. Spotter ...

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