On Wednesday, Danica Patrick crashed her vehicle during the first minutes of afternoon practice, as she was getting ready for Thursday’s Daytona 500 qualifying race, and sportsbook software services hope that this doesn’t set back the driver in any way before the event.
Patrick was sitting at the pole for the race that took place in 2013, and whose finish then was ranked at No. 8 – which continues to be the best for a female driver at the Daytona 500 – does not guarantee her a place in the event this year. The driver must try to make it to the field using a car with limited practice laps. Now instead of starting at 15th place she will probably start at 21st when Thursday’s qualifying race gets underway.
The drivers who are at the top 15 – with the pole-sitter not included – in each one of Thursday’s qualifying races give the drivers a place for the big race. The following four positions will be given to drivers based on how fast they run while qualifying, and then seven will be provisionals, and six of them – at least – are based on owner points in 2014 and an additional one if a champion of a past series isn’t taking the field’s last place.
When it comes to owner points, Patrick had a ranking of 30th place overall in 2014. During most of the years, these points would get the driver in the field, but in owner points, drivers would have to be before her so she can enter the field if she’s not one of the top 15 drivers.
“I was fairly confused in and of itself just with what you’ve got to do to get in — other than being in the top-15 — even without going to a back-up (car),” said Patrick. “I don’t know. I just know that I have to race hard and that’s the end of it.”
Sportsbook software services saw that Patrick’s car was trashed when Denny Hamlin went three-wide, and she got turned. Michael Annett and Jeb Burton also had wrecked cars when the accident happened.
On Wednesday, Patrick used her backup car for 13 practice laps. On Thursday, teams will have a practice time of 85 minutes in the afternoon, even though many of them are not expected to use their vehicles until the evening’s qualifying races.
“I’m obviously disappointed, and I know that it was a good car and it’s never a good thing to crash,” said Patrick. “But I was just riding along and it turned, so it’s the nature of pack racing and that’s what makes it challenging, too.
“Sometimes there’s not much you can do about it.”