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Engine failure knocks Danica Patrick out of Coca-Cola 600

May 25, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

Danica Patrick Reuters

After her team did a valiant job to get her car back on track after being knocked into the wall earlier, Danica Patrick suffered the same type of motor failure that knocked teammate Kurt Busch out of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

Patrick finished a disappointing 39th.

Patrick’s Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet had been struggling with at least one cylinder down during much of the race. Prior to that happening, she had been challenging pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson for the lead early on.

But once her motor lost that cylinder, Patrick faded back into the field. When Marcos Ambrose spun on Lap 235, Patrick’s car was hit in the rear by Brian Scott, forcing her into the wall and suffering moderate damage.

To her team’s credit, they were able to make enough repairs to get Patrick back on the track. But just like Busch’s engine let go 12 laps earlier, Patrick’s motor also let go coming onto the frontstetch on Lap 286, ending her day as well.

“Sorry guys, it’s definitely not what we had wanted, but we did some good things this weekend,” Patrick told her crew over the team radio.

Patrick was hoping for a second strong finish, having wound up with a career-best seventh-place finish two weeks ago at Kansas.

She had been optimistic coming into Sunday’s race after qualifying fourth and ranking in the top 10 in both final practice sessions on Saturday.

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  1. scott386 - May 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    She was at least a lap down before she had any engine problems…
    The real problem was the loose nut behind the wheel…

  2. scamuel - May 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Little girls should stick to the kiddie pedal cars and let the big boys run the races! Richard Petty told it correctly when he said she would never win a race unless all the boys stayed home from the race!

  3. worknman24hours - May 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Wow-Danica WAS up in second just after the start.

    I was pretty disappointed to see her car drop back so fast after such a great couple of laps at the start.

    Anyway,any of you internet geniuses that can win ANY race with a broken motor please do and post in for us.

    You’ll get ’em next time Little Bits.

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