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Daytona 500 Alex Bowman making name for himself as he succeeds Dale Jr

Daytona 500 Alex Bowman making name for himself as he succeeds Dale Jr

Not so much, she said Saturday as Daytona International Speedway opened for Daytona 500 practice.

A sponsorship deal with GoDaddy to close her racing career with Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 was announced last month and was followed by confirmation of Premium Motorsports as the NASCAR team fielding her vehicle.

"But when next Sunday comes, I'm sure I'll be a lot more retrospective or introspective and emotional about the finality of it, and, you know, just have a little bit more perspective".

"There was no time to really worry too much about anything other than the primary (car)", Patrick said.

Chicagoland Speedway announced today that fans who purchase tickets for the Overton's 400 using the code CLSTRUEX18 have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a ticket refund if 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. wins the 60 Annual DAYTONA 500 on February 18. "But right now, I'm fine".

"He's going to be here to support me and he's excited", Patrick told the Associated Press. The No. 1 qualifying spot at Daytona in 2013 remains her lone career pole in the Cup Series. Could the third time be a charm for Truex Jr., after leading the DAYTONA 500 previous year with two laps to go and finishing second in 2016? Otherwise, I wouldn't have been doing it.

NASCAR moved the race to Sunday afternoon after several years of it being scheduled for Saturday night.

Eury was crew chief for 51 races over three Xfinity Series seasons with Patrick.

She asked GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons if he had interest in sponsoring her again. "That to be honest is and will be the most critical element to come together for this program was having him". Patrick is the only woman to lead laps in the Daytona 500, win the pole for the Daytona 500, and win an IndyCar race, and is also the highest-finishing woman in the Indy 500. On Saturday during practice, she was atop the scoring chart for part of the session before finishing in the 16th position.

The practice was the final one before Daytona 500 qualifying Sunday at 12:15 p.m. ET (FOX).

"I really hope that I finish and that I'm hopefully in contention", she said. "That's really my hope for the Daytona 500", Patrick said of her expectations. There's no such thing as a runaway here.

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