Experience trumps success this time

Updated: February 14, 2010, 6:15 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- That laser look of hers, that glint of instant understanding, came right at me through the media bedlam around her wrecked race car in the garage.

"That's a good point, Ed," Danica Patrick said when I suggested this was really for the best, this no-decision in her NASCAR debut. This would keep expectations from spiraling out of control the way they had in 2005 at the outset of her IndyCar career.

She got invaluable experience Saturday, first in a car that was ...

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