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Danica Patrick to start from 15th in her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut
Danica Patrick will start 15th in Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race, after rain forced cancellation of Friday afternoon's scheduled qualifying session at Daytona.

Patrick gets the 15th starting spot by virtue of an owner points deal between JR Motorsports, which fields her #7 Chevrolet, and CJM Racing, which ran the #11 Toyota in 2009 but is not competing in the series this year.

Kyle Busch, the 2009 Nationwide champion, will start from the pole, with 2009 series runner-up Carl Edwards beside him.

Busch said he would be willing to partner with Patrick in the draft, provided she proves herself throughout the race.

"If it comes down to the end of the race and she's good, and she's been doing fine all day and nobody has had any issues with her then, yeah, I would work with her," Busch said. "If she's got a fast car, certainly.

"If she's been kind of erratic and all over the place or if she's had a slow car or something like that, then no it wouldn't be in my best interest to work with her. I don't have any problem - her in general wouldn't be the problem - it would just be whether the car could do it and whether she can handle it, I guess.

“The name doesn't matter to me."



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Martin - Unregistered

February 13, 2010 10:52 AM

What about the other 13 drivers who start ahead of her? Do they not merit a mention? What a crazy way for a driver to get a decent grid position - not her achievements, not even those of her team, but a shady backroom deal. And they wonder why nobody outside the south of the US takes NASCAR seriously.



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