Patrick was smiling broadly as she climbed from the car. Clearly, she was jazzed by the experience. After offering a rambling, effusive, stream-of-conscious account of the race and answering questions from a crush of reporters around her transporter, she posted one short message on her twitter account.
“Did you see all that craziness?!” she wrote. “It was so much fun!”
Saturday's ARCA race was the warm-up act for the Budweiser Shootout, the kick-off for the NASCAR Sprint Cup season and won by Kevin Harvick. Aside from some confusion over the rules of engagement, NASCAR couldn't have asked for a better appetiser for this coming weekend's Daytona 500.
But on Saturday, the undercard trumped the main event, as Patrick continued to dominate the headlines – and based on her gutsy performance, deservedly so.
by Reid Spencer/Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service