Mar. 3, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick leaves the infield care center after crashing during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Is Danica Patrick For Real?

After two race and only one real race Danica Patrick is off to a middle of the road start. With a great run in the Daytona 500 and a terrible race last week at Phoenix it is almost time to raise the question. Is Danica Patrick really ready for Sprint Cup?

During the Daytona 500 Danica ran a strong race and even lead a few laps. While in Phoenix a different there was a different story. Running mainly in the upper 20s and lower 30s throughout the whole race she had a tire problem and wrecked out of the race. Even though she wrecked that doesn’t defeat the fact that she ran in the back of the pack all race. What confuses me is why she got more coverage while running in 30th then the leaders of the race at times. They never show Joe Nemecheck, David Gilliland or Casey Mears so why show Danica? NASCAR really is trying to ram her down our throats it seems.

Last year Danica raced a few races in the Sprint Cup Series and basically ran in the 20s and 30s throughout all of the races. In Nationwide last year she finished 10th. Which seems great but in reality there were only two drivers that finished below her that had run all 33 races. With no wins that really is not great. Brad Daugthry said during the pre race show for the Nationwide race at Daytona this year that Danica should have spent another year in Nationwide.

Danica is really going to have to step it up in these next few races to prove that she is worthy to run at the top level. If she does not I am sure she will still get the media coverage and all the glamour. Eventually though it is going to catch up to her and she will no longer be in the spotlight. She has the equipment to run up front the question is though is does she have the talent. Only time can tell but, she is going to have to finish in the top 10 a few times this year.

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