DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick is out of the Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway, and it might be because of a rookie mistake.
Patrick, who became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole and will start on the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500, thought she had a blown engine Saturday.
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Patrick had yet to blow an engine in her NASCAR career, but when her car shut off in Turn 3, she figured "that's exactly how it would go."
So she pulled the car into the garage instead of letting her crew diagnose the problem on pit road.
After all, a blown engine isn't fixable.