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Danica is on the outside looking in

Updated: September 16, 2013, 3:30 PM ET
By Brant James | Special to espnW.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- Danica Patrick watched through her windshield as the Chase for the Sprint Cup rolled off without her Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. It wasn't surprising. Denny Hamlin is the only rookie to qualify for NASCAR's playoffs in the decade since they have been used in deciding the series champion.

And with 10 races left in her first full season at NASCAR's highest level, Patrick concedes she has much work to do before she will be ready to try and chase down the most successful ...

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