We can say with pretty good authority that Phoenix is now probably one of Danica Patrick's least favorite tracks.
Sunday was Patrick's fourth race at Phoenix and her fourth race having something go wrong. Plus, during last week's season-opening Daytona 500, Patrick was taken out when she was tagged by Aric Almirola's spinning car.
She confronted Allgaier after the race, and according to the Sporting News, it was an animated conversation that lasted for a few minutes. Following the incident, she wasn't too happy with Allgaier on her team's radio.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,” Allgaier told the Sporting News. “She said she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point.
“I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars; it doesn’t fix either one of our days.”
The crash at Phoenix damaged the left-front fender and left-rear side of Patrick's car. While the front fender damage seemed to be fixed, the damage over the left-rear wheel well led to a tire rub and a short time later, Patrick's car went spinning again from a flat tire.
She finished 36th. Her new Stewart-Haas teammate Kurt Busch also had a poor follow-up to Daytona. Busch spun out in the closing laps at Daytona, but a caution flag wasn't displayed after he saved his car from hitting the wall. He finished 21st. On Sunday, Busch had engine issues before his powerplant grenaded. And yes, the smoke billowing from his car did cause a caution flag. He ended up 39th.
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