BRISTOL, Tenn. — Danica Patrick was running well at Bristol Motor Speedway last year until she got run into the wall by Regan Smith.
Though Patrick didn’t like getting wrecked — and showed her displeasure with a bit of finger-pointing at Smith — she likes short-track racing and even enjoys a bit of bumping and banging.
“I don’t mind some beating and banging out there, I don’t mind pushing your way around a little bit,” Patrick said Friday. “It just happens. I did it a little bit at Phoenix even. It is just the nature of short tracks when you are running really close to one another.”
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Patrick got her first taste of physical short-track racing at Bristol last August. She was running in the top 20 when Smith got into her, sending her spinning and crashing down the frontstretch and spoiling what was shaping up as a good run.