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Patrick unlikely to race at Daytona

Team boss warns not to expect IndyCar convert Danica Patrick to make Nationwide debut at season-opener.

Danica Patrick will make her competitive stock car racing debut at the 6 February Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Re/Max event at Daytona International Speedway, but, lest anyone thinks success in that race will lead to a start in the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race a week later - an event heavily populated with Cup drivers - car owner Kelley Earnhardt offers a cautionary note.

"It's going to be her decision after the ARCA race," Earnhardt said Wednesday after a Nationwide announcement on the media tour, "The thing that we've all discussed is that the Nationwide Daytona race is basically a Cup race and, with someone like her, that may not be the best situation to put her in.

"My expectations for her are to go out and run in the top 20. We provide her a competitive car, she's a capable driver, and she's done well at the test. The key will be her being around 42 other cars and how she'll handle that, so we'll see."
By Reid Spencer

by Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service



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