For the second time in her three Daytona 500s, Danica Patrick's day ended with a crash.
On Lap 145, a wreck started right in front of her. As she attempted to skirt to the inside, Aric Almirola's car slid down and tagged her car in the right front. The impact eventually sent her car careening into the outside wall.
She finished 40th.
"I felt like everything was going pretty well, so it's just upsetting, you know?" she said. "It's just the culmination of sitting around all day and you know, it's a bummer, but that is the excitement of speedway racing, that anything can happen. And it was unfortunate that I was on the short end of the accident."
The crash came after a rain delay of over six hours that postponed the race on Lap 38 of 200. And perhaps the slick pavement contributed to Patrick's inability to control her car after she was hit by Almirola. She dove to the apron in her attempt to avoid the crash, a part of the pavement on the track that wasn't nearly as dry as the main racing surface.
Patrick started first in the 2013 Daytona 500, led laps and finished eighth. She led this Sunday, too, but it was during a cycle of green flag pit stops.
In her debut race in 2012, Patrick was caught up in a crash on the third lap of the race and finished 38th.
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