Flat tire sends Danica Patrick into the wall early at Pocono Raceway

Danica Patrick grazes the wall and then has a tire go flat before she can get back around to the pits, sending her hard into the wall again early in the Go Bowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

CUP: Danica Patrick into the Wall - Pocono 2014

AUG 03, 1:48 pm
NASCAR: Danica Patrick hits the wall after her left-front tire goes flat from earlier contact with the SAFER barrier.

A promising run early in the going for Stewart-Haas Racing's Danica Patrick took a big hit on Lap 16 of 160 in Sunday's Go Bowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Battling hard for a top-10 spot, Patrick made contact with the outside wall as she exiting the Tunnel Turn on Lap 15. The damage to the fender caused a tire rub on her No. 10 Chevrolet. As smoke began billowing from the tire rub, crew chief Tony Gibson called his driver to the pits to change tires and fix the damage.

However, Patrick drove hard into the Tunnel Turn on Lap 16 before she could get to the pits and the tire could not hang on. When the tire gave out the No. 10 Chevrolet was sent hard into the outside wall, further damaging her car. Patrick was able to rejoin the race, but was two laps down to the leader at the time.

This is the second week in a row that a potentially strong run by Patrick went south early. Last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Patrick's top-15 performance came to a halt when the team broke a rear gear and was sent behind the wall for much of the race. 

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