Danica Patrick leads late at Talladega; finishes 13th


Danica Patrick had a very eventful Aaron’s 312 on Saturday. She was leading the Nationwide series race with 40 laps to go, and she was in the top ten with approximately 14 laps to go.

But she fell back and eventually was a part of the big wreck at Talladega, the one which sent Eric McClure to the hospital.

And she had a post race dust-up with Sam Hornish Jr.

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(Video) Danica Patrick sends Sam Hornish Jr. into wall at Talladega


Danica Patrick took retaliation against Sam Hornish Jr. Saturday in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega, sending him into the wall in Turn 1 after both drivers had finished the Nationwide Series race. The acrimony between the two is not new, as both raced in IndyCar before making the switch to NASCAR.

Quoting From the Marbles:

The two drivers were racing for position through the tri-oval of the 2.66-mile superspeedway on the final lap with Patrick outside of Hornish. As it looked like Patrick got close to Hornish and Elliott Sadler in an attempt to side draft off the two cars, Hornish moved up to protect his position and, in the process, both cars hit the wall. Patrick took exception to the move and as the cars slowed entering Turn 1 on the cool-down lap, she rammed into his back bumper and turned him into the fence.

Watch the video, with post-race comments about the incident from both Hornish and Patrick after the jump

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Vicious wreck at Talladega; Eric McClure hospitalized (video)


Talladega is a track known for wrecks. There have been many pile ups and crashes there over the years, largely because of the track’s high velocity and high banking turns. And the superspeedway’s higher than average speeds have led to some devastating crack-ups. Today’s Nationwide series race brought another one.

With a couple laps to go in the Aaron’s 312, a big crash led to Eric McClure’s No. 14 Toyota to hit the inside wall at a very high speed.

Eric McClure hit the SAFER barrier virtually head-on. After coming to a stop, safety workers scrambled to the car and removed the window net, which is usually lowered by a driver after a crash to indicate they are OK.

From USA Today:

The roof was peeled off the car to help aid extrication of McClure, who was placed on a stretcher and taken to University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center for further evaluation, according to ESPN and the Motor Racing Network. ESPN reported NASCAR said McClure was taken for evaluation and treatment.

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