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Charlotte Notes: Danica Will Be Back For More

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 15 2010

Danica Patrick will be back for more in NASCAR next year. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Concord, N.C. – Danica Patrick officially announced she would be back racing in NASCAR in 2011 on Friday.

During a press conference at the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center, she confirmed that she will drive four Nationwide Series races for JR Motorsports – Daytona, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Bristol.

The rest of her scheduled will be put together after work is completed on her IndyCar Series schedule with Andretti Autosport.

She could drive up to 14 races for JRM next year.

The race at the Bristol short track will be her first there.

She will drive at Phoenix later this year so her 2011 race there will be her second.

Payback?: In other news involving Patrick, she said on Thursday that she had not talked with James Buescher, with whom she collided on the track last weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

She did say she would not shy away from Buescher on the track tonight.

“I’m not going to make it my mission to take him out,” Patrick said. “But if in any way, he tries to come after me, I’m going to need to take care of it. We’ll see if he plays nice.

Hall Thoughts: Several potential future Hall of Famers were asked about current Hall of Famers over the weekend. Specifically the crop which was voted in on Wednesday – David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Lee Petty, Bud Moore and Bobby Allison.

Here is some of what the current drivers had to say about a class which has proven controversial:

Jeff Burton: “I think it is good that there is a lot of talk about who didn’t get in because if we get to the point where we are only talking about who is in and who didn’t get in, then maybe we are putting too many people in. Which we are not doing right now, I am not saying that. But, the fact that there is a lot of candidates is a good thing. I really don’t think we should, I guess it is human nature, to try to pull the negatives out of it, but the reality of it is that it is a great thing that the five people that got inducted, got inducted.

“Every one of them is a rightful member of the Hall of Fame. Every one of them has made a contribution that has made an impact on the sport and they did their craft very very well. There’s many people that haven’t been nominated yet in the same position. So, time will sort all of those things out. You shouldn’t lose sleep over when. If you’re honored enough to get into the Hall of Fame, you shouldn’t lose sleep about when you got into the Hall of Fame. The third class in no less important that the second class.

“And, the 10th class will be no less important that the third class. So, for those who didn’t get into it that expressed disappointment, I guess I understand that in some ways, it is a hell of an honor to be considered to be in the Hall of Fame. I think the emphasis should be placed on the people who did get in it because there is no one that got in it that didn’t deserve to be in it.”

Jeff Gordon: “I think it’s a very deserving group.  It’s awesome.  I was really hoping to see David Pearson in there; I was pretty sure that he would be, but that is fantastic to see him in.  To me at this point there are so many that are capable of being in it that it is hard to narrow it down to five each year, but I think they did a great job.”

Come on down: Clint Bowyer was on the TV show The Price is Right recently.

It went, he said, like this:

“Yeah, ‘A new car!’  She (the contestent) won—it was awesome. It was really cool experience.  Austin and I were complete embarrassed—we had no idea what we were doing.  Drew Carey lost like 90 lbs., he walked by me the first time and I didn’t even recognize him.  I was like, ‘where is Drew at?’  He was right behind me.  And by God he was.  It was a cool experience.  It’s amazing how growing up that show just seems huge.  It’s always when you go to those sets and things; it’s unbelievable how small they really are.  They make it look so big on TV and yet it’s just one studio and it’s in and out and done within an hour.  Very neat experience; I’m glad we got to do it.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 15 2010
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