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And Another Thing


Danica's debut

She started 12th. She got tangled up with Nelson Piquet Jr. and went spinning down through the grass at one point. She rallied to finish sixth, and was charging toward the front toward the end.

That's the thumbnail version of Danica Patrick's debut in a stock car Saturday in the ARCA race at Daytona.

The expanded view from the Blob's perspective is that Patrick was, frankly, better than I thought she'd be. She chose the wrong line a few times and got hung out to dry as the freight train went roaring by, but that happens to everyone sooner or later at Daytona and Talladega. The bottom line is, she looked a lot more comfortable than some I've seen their first time out in a radically different form of racing than they're used to.

Bottom line: She might be more compatible with the stock cars than some of her IndyCar contemporaries (Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti come to mind) who've made a similar jump. I still don't think it's smart to go at it piecemeal the way she is, but if she ever does decide to commit to the stock car side, she could wind up being a lot better at it than some of us have been predicting.

Time will tell.

Ben Smith's blog.