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NASCAR still searching for its Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick's historic victory in Japan last week was a triumph for the publicity-starved IndyCar Series. If only NASCAR could discover its version of Danica, writes David Newton.

Updated: April 25, 2008, 1:06 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Erin Crocker was attending a wedding in Indianapolis last weekend when she heard that Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in the IndyCar Series.

Crocker felt an emotional tug as she watched television highlights of Patrick crying in Victory Lane at the facility in Motegi, Japan. Crocker experienced a sense of pride and satisfaction understanding all Patrick went through to reach that moment.

"I was really happy for her," ...

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