Scottsdale's Danica Patrick to make NASCAR debut at Daytona

Scottsdale's Danica Patrick to make NASCAR debut at Daytona

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Driver Danica Patrick slides through the tri-oval after losing control of her car during the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA series auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/David Graham)

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick will make her NASCAR debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet in Saturday's second-tier Nationwide Series race. The car is owned by JR Motorsports.

The decision announced Monday to race at Daytona was made after team officials dissected her stock-car racing debut in the ARCA race at Daytona on Saturday.

The Scottsdale resident overcame a midrace spin to finish sixth.

JR Motorsports has acquired the points from CJM Racing to ensure Patrick a spot in the field. CJM Racing finished 15th in the owner standings last season, but has suspended operations.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a second JR Motorsports entry in the Nationwide race.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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