“I’m not sure if I misjudged the braking zone or if they stopped really quick in front of me,’’ said Patrick, who was credited with a 37 place finish in her New Hampshire Cup debut. We were having a reasonable race and just didn’t mean to do it.” -- albeit 27 laps down.
“At the end of the day, it was me that was sideways, so I’m sorry. In talking about the situation, Stenhouse never referred to Patrick by name, instead only by car number.
“It is just part of it,’’ Stenhouse said allowing a smile.
Patrick joked that it was a quiet ride home after their run-in at Charlotte, but that they were sharing a beer by the end of the night -- essentially chalking it up to a racing inevitability.
"The only thing the same is the number and the sponsors.
I think we have accomplished a lot in NASCAR in the Nationwide series and to think that is going to translate right over to the Sprint Cup Series the first year is a little difficult.
"Daytona Speedweeks and Daytona Bikeweek have been two of my favorite events for as long as I can remember.
Having the opportunity to race here in a NASCAR event is truly a dream come true." Pastrana will drive the No. Because he has nine previous starts in the Nationwide Series, he is not eligible for the rookie of the year program, but said he feels like one this season and "it's a scary feeling." "As I come into NASCAR with success in other forms of racing and enter this year as a full-time driver with a top team, everyone's expectations are pretty high," he said.