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Danica Patrick waves to the fans Sunday prior to the start of the Dayonta 500.

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Danica shows she belongs

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Enough with the snarky comments about Danica Patrick. Sure, she gets more attention than her accomplishments warrant because she’s a pretty face competing in a male-dominated sport. Who knows if she’ll ever be a series champion because, quite frankly, it’s a rare breed that climbs to the top of any sport. Maybe she’s destined to be a middle-of-the-pack racer her entire career, someone who can be counted on for solid results and an occasional win.


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