She may not have won, but Danica Patrick proved that she can drive a stock car. Patrick, a veteran of the Indy Racing League, made her stock car debut in the ARCA season opener at Daytona today. She started 12th, got up to sixth, lost control, spun, made a great recovery and got back on the track in the 25th position. With about 18 laps to go, Patrick started moving up and with just a handful of laps, she was upto fourth place. An ill-timed move up the track sent her back to about tenth. Undeterred, she re-gained her momentum and finished in sixth place. She not only proved that she can remain focused, she also proved that she can handle a stock car and is more than just a pretty face.
The heartbreaker of the race has to be Allie Owens. Owens, one of ten females who attempted to qualify (six of them made it into the event), got up to third and stayed there for most of the race. With about ten laps to go, she got shuffled out of third, was quickly relegated to rear and was then spun out.
Bobby Gerhart won the event.