Danica Patrick frustrated after late wreck
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
May 05, 2013 | 17299 views |  0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Danica Patrick greets fans after being introduced during driver's introductions prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. (AP Photo/Dan Lighton)
Danica Patrick greets fans after being introduced during driver's introductions prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. (AP Photo/Dan Lighton)
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Cars spin through Turn one in a multi-car wreck during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Pictured are: Tony Stewart (14), David Reutimann (83), Jeff Burton (31), Kevin Harvick (29), Marcos Ambrose (9) and Danica Patrick (10). (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Cars spin through Turn one in a multi-car wreck during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Pictured are: Tony Stewart (14), David Reutimann (83), Jeff Burton (31), Kevin Harvick (29), Marcos Ambrose (9) and Danica Patrick (10). (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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TALLADEGA -- A late wreck doomed Danica Patrick's run in Sunday's Aaron's 499, and television replays appeared to show her boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., started the chain of events.

Stenhouse tried to edge through an opening high in the backstretch, but the gap wasn't wide enough. Stenhouse bounced off the wall and into J.J. Yeley, which caused an accident that affected 12 cars.

It put Patrick out of the race, and afterward, she was seen pounding her steering wheel while still in her car.

She happened to be watching the replay while speaking to reporters, saying it is "frustrating."

"So let me see what happened here," she began. "I was running the middle lane ... yes, yes ... that's about what I saw. Ricky was trying to make it four wide, and the No. 36 (Yeley) came up to block him, and it turned him.

"Then the No. 78 (Kurt Busch) was spinning. I went high, and somebody came up and clipped me and put me in the wall. ...

"Honestly, it is just the way it goes. People forcing the issue. It is late in the race, I get it. But that's what causes these accidents that makes speedway racing speedway racing."

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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