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Doubting Danica Patrick

Driver needs to improve fast or lack of results could quickly surpass the hype

Updated: August 22, 2012, 2:43 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

Former president George W. Bush ducked the infamous shoe thrown at him in Iraq. If only Danica Patrick were so lucky.

Patrick was on the verge of possibly winning Saturday's Nationwide NAPA Auto Parts 200 when she ran over a shoe that was thrown on the track. Shortly thereafter, her car had serious steering issues; she finished an unceremonious 27th.

The fact that her latest Nationwide Series debacle was attributed by some observers to a shoe -- and at a time when ...

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