Danica Patrick had one of the best runs of her NASCAR career at Daytona Friday night, but it ended in a hard crash at the Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250.
Patrick led for 13 laps. But with just 17 laps to go, Patrick tried to avoid an accident in front of her. She darted to the inside to miss Jeffrey Earnhardt’s car. She clipped a bumper and headed on a collision course for the inside wall.
She wasn’t injured, but she was disappointed.
“I thought we were going to win tonight,” Patrick said. “It kind of felt like the IndyCar days when you were close a couple of times. It’s just frustrating when that’s the case. What are you going to do? There was an accident happening in front of me, and the best thing that you can do is try and get around it.”
Patrick was feeling optimistic about her chances of winning the race.
“It’s the best frustration that you can have,” Patrick said. “You thought you were going to get to victory lane. That’s the best frustration you can have. It’s also the pinnacle of sad, too, because it could have been.”