Danica Patrick prepares for 1st trip to Darlington

Danica Patrick prepares for 1st trip to Darlington

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, gets out of her car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Danica Patrick is ready to earn her stripes this weekend at Darlington Raceway.  

Patrick will race in her second Sprint Cup event and first since the season-opening Daytona 500 when she competes in the Southern 500 on Saturday night.  

She's excited, edgy and eager to test the quirky layout that even longtime NASCAR veterans like her boss, Tony Stewart, struggle to get around.  

Patrick knows she'll quickly pick up her "Darlington stripe," the worn mark on the right side of a racer's car that comes from rubbing against the track's walls for 500 miles.  

Patrick is competing in 10 Sprint Cup races this season for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick will race in the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte two weeks later, then not be back until late August at Bristol.
 

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