Danica Patrick 28th but logged valuable laps

Updated: October 1, 2012, 12:27 PM ET
By Brant James

Danica Patrick headed out of Dover International Speedway on Sunday, into an idle week and seemingly very much into 2013, when she is scheduled to make a full-time debut in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.

Her 400 laps in Sunday's race was unremarkable with a 28th-place, seven-laps-down finish, but educational laps were logged in another of 10 scheduled starts at NASCAR's highest level. She attempted to avoid trouble and the 12 drivers contending for the Sprint Cup title as ...

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