Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana, two of the bigger names in today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, were unable to have a say in the outcome of the race.
Patrick started in Row 2 and went into the race as a potential threat for the win. But on Lap 14, she was spun out by drafting partner and rookie teammate Kyle Larson. She went into the wall and then down the track for a spin through the soggy grass below Turn 3, and shortly afterwards, she was forced to retire from the No. 34 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet for a 39th-place result.
As for Pastrana, who earned his first career NASCAR pole for the race on Friday afternoon, he was running a steady race until Lap 71. While on the backstretch, Brian Scott turned around Reed Sorenson, who then went right into Pastrana as he attempted to avoid him.
The impact lifted Sorenson’s rear wheels off the ground momentarily before he came back down, while Pastrana shot up the track and smashed into the Turn 3 wall. Both of them finally came to rest inside the Turn 3 grass.
After being released from the infield care center, Pastrana was hard on himself. The action sports legend told ESPN that “[he] just [got] an award for being stupid” and predicted that on Monday, team owner Jack Roush would “say ‘You guys had the two fastest cars and you should’ve put them 1-2.'”
“And we doggone should have put ’em 1-2,” a disgusted Pastrana added.