Danica Patrick responds well to crash, being 2 laps down

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Danica Patrick, commonly referred to as “One Lap Downica” actually fell two laps down today, and got caught up in an early accident. However, she actually clawed her way out of it, to finish a respectable, and certainly respectable by her standards, 18th in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

“No sleep. Till Brooklyn. Brooklyn!”

“I represent Queens, she was raised out in Brooklyn.”

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Hey, 18th is way above her average finish, and a lot better than her place in the point standings.

Her day started rough with a spin in turn two on lap 26, and she was hit in the front left portion of her car by Justin Allgaier’s machine. She sustained cosmetic damage to the GoDaddy car that required three pits stop for the crew to work on repairs.

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She returned to the track in 36th place, and it appeared a long day was ahead of her as she lost two laps over the next 130 circuits. But she soon got one of those laps back during pit stop cycles and then was awarded the “Lucky Dog” spot when she was the first car a lap down on lap 179. From there she raced to 18th.

“To come back from the accident and being two laps down to finishing 18th, I’ll take it,” Danica Patrick said.

“It was a good job by the GoDaddy crew to fix the damage, and we ran well to get back up to 18th. It was a tough day, but I’m happy with where we finished.”

Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports and Yahoo! He’s been a guest on news talk shows all across the world. He’s also a special contributor to the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. Banks has been featured in numerous media outlets including NFL.com, Forbes, Bleacher Report, Deadspin, ESPNNBCCBS, the History Channel and more. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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