Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NASCAR Notebook; Danica Explains Her Angry Moment with Fan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NASCAR Notebook; Danica Explains Her Angry Moment with Fan

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Danica Patrick says she "had a moment" when she lost her temper at a booing fan after qualifying for last week's NASCAR race.

She says she knows the smarter thing to do would have been to "just keep walking."

"But every now and again they just catch you in a moment, and I had a moment," Patrick says.

In a video that went viral, Patrick stormed over to the fan and said: "I'm a person, too. I have feelings. When you boo me, it hurts my feelings."

The 35-year-old driver said during a promotional tour of Boston on Wednesday that she decided not to sign autographs for a fan at the Poconos track who had gone through a security cordon.

She says she "didn't feel it was right to honor that person for disrespecting the security guard."


Brad Keselowski is questioning the intent of NASCAR's rules for mistakes made on pit road.

Keselowski owns the No. 29 Ford in the Camping World Truck Series. When rookie Chase Briscoe left his pit stall following a stop new tires at the Dover International Speedway, the right-front tire fell off.

The team said a malfunctioning air gun kept tire changer Wesley McPherson from attaching any of the lug nuts. Although the team ordered him over the two-way radio to stop, the wheel fell off.

Citing its rules for improperly installed wheels, NASCAR suspended McPherson, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and tire carrier Eric Pinkiert for four races.

"The intent of the rule was to make sure guys don't put three lug nuts on and have a wheel come off and say, 'Awe, too bad'. That isn't what happened in the scenario we had," Keselowski said.

"It's the difference between murder and manslaughter. Intent matters."

The sanctions against his team also hinder his ability to train younger drivers and crewmen. He uses his truck team to cultivate the next generation of racing talent, and it makes him rethink not using experienced Cup series crews to avoid mistakes.

"What I'm looking for out of that endeavor and that series is to develop people and give back to the sport," Keselowski said. "It's not really giving back to the sport if I put a Cup driver in or hire a Cup pit crew. …

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