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Danica, boyfriend out in same accident
Danica Patrick triggered a three-car accident when she rear-ended her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The collision propelled Stenhouse into Travis Kvapil entering Turn 2 on Sunday to bring out the ninth caution on Lap 237.
“Did he just right rear us?” Stenhouse asked over the radio.
“No, it was the 10,” replied his spotter Mike Calinoff.
Patrick had been running on the lead lap prior to contact with AJ Allmendinger on Lap 218. But after initial damage to her car, Patrick was just hoping for a decent finish.
“What it felt like was either I misjudged the braking or everyone jammed up a little bit,” Patrick said. “I got sideways trying to slow down so that I didn’t drive up into the back of anyone. I just got sideways and there is nothing you can do. The worst part is that you know obviously I didn’t want to take anybody with me. I feel bad, what can I say. We were having a reasonable race and just didn’t mean to do it.”
NOTE: Patrick completed 237 laps and was posted 36th at the time of her report. The car was in the garage under repair. She did not return, finishing 37th.