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Date Posted — June 22, 2010
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Danica Patrick , takes a brief respite from her IndyCar season and returns to the NASCAR Nationwide Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New England 200. IndyCar is off this weekend and returns at Watkins Glen next week.

"Patrick’s Remaining NASCAR Nationwide Schedule: New Hampshire (June 26); Chicago (July 9); Michigan (Aug 14); Dover, Del. (Sept 25); Fontana (Oct.9); Charlotte (Oct 15); Madison, Ill. (Oct 23); Texas (Nov 6); Phoenix (Nov 13); Fla. (Nov 20)."

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to all the cool people I’ve met, my friends and the team,” said Patrick.

Her last start in a 3,400-pound, 750-horsepower stock car was February 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In her first three starts earlier this season, Patrick posted a best start of 15th at Daytona International Speedway and a best finish of 31st at Auto Club Speedway.

But will she be phased by the transition from open-wheel to a stock car?

“I think that back in the old days, drivers used to drive all kinds of cars all the time. So to just be going back between two I don’t think is that big of a deal,” she said. “And more racing can only make you better.”

Another obstacle for Patrick — this is the shortest track (1.058 miles) she will have competed on thus far in her NASCAR Nationwide Series career. “I love short ovals in an IndyCar,” she said. “I’m excited to go there. I

have always enjoyed short ovals.”

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Article posted by staff on June 22, 2010.

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