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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Danica Patrick wrecks at Phoenix

By Terry Blount
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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Danica Patrick walked away unhurt after a vicious crash into the frontstretch wall after her No. 10 Chevrolet blew a right front tire during the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

She wound up finishing 39th. Patrick was on the lead lap, running 26th on Lap 185 of the 312-lap event, when the tire blew as she was coming out of Turn 4. At that point, she wasn't able to turn the car, so it slammed into the SAFER barrier on the right front corner of the car.

Pieces of the car flew off the car as the back tires lifted off the ground. When the car bounced off the wall, David Ragan's car slammed into the driver side door panel of Patrick's car, shearing off most of the left-side sheet metal of Patrick's Chevy as the hood flew off. Pieces of Patrick's car were visible for more than 200 yards down the frontstretch.

"When you lose a tire out of the turn, those are tough because you hit [the wall] more straight on," Patrick said. "That was a hard hit on both sides, but I'm fine. There was no real good warning. No vibrations.

"It just sucks to lose the points. We were having a steady day; not great, but making progress."