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Danica Patrick Year in Review

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Breaking Out

Photograph By Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

In a crash-crazy race at Phoenix, her last of a 10-race Sprint Cup campaign, Danica Patrick emerged from the wreckage with a 17th-place finish, her best Cup result of the season. She had been running even better -- 13th -- when Jeff Burton veered into her in the green-white-checker finish.