Danica Patrick’s day ends early at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 06: David Reutimann, driver of the #83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 06:  David Reutimann, driver of the #83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 06: David Reutimann, driver of the #83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick’s 100th start in NASCAR’s top touring series ended in disaster and before it even began Sunday at Kansas Speedway.  After starting 29th, Patrick had a great deal of confidence after looking strong during the practice sessions leading up the Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

As it turned out, none of that mattered.

Patrick entered turn one on the first lap and began to drift up to the center lane. Suddenly her Stewart-Haas Chevy broke loose and careened into the outside wall collecting David Reutimann in the process.  Patrick was done for the day. MORE>>>

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