Danica Patrick led today’s NAPA Auto Parts 200 for the better part of 20 laps until she happened to run over a shoe that someone had thrown on the track. At the time it seemed to be fairly innocuous, but the shoe did actually do some damage to Danica’s steering, and she went from leading the NASCAR Nationwide tour race to sitting in 28th place with a handful of laps to go.
In the end Danica wound up finishing in 27th place, six laps behind eventual race winner Justin Allgaier. Too bad too, because it looked as if Patrick was going to have a great, wreck-free day of racing.
At least she was, until she ran over that shoe. Honestly, who throws a shoe?
Personally I think Danica is just a tad overrated, but still, to essentially have your chance at victory shot down by rogue footwear is really some kind of bad luck. At least the culprit should be easy to find…he (or she) will be the person with the guilty look on their face and an exaggerated lean to one side.
[H/T to The Big Lead]