Danica Patrick has the luck to be popular among her fans, and for the second time in three years, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has won the Sprint All Star fan vote, allowing her to advance to the $1 million NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Patrick is the first driver to win the vote twice, although this year she beat out Martin Truex, Jr. to win the fan vote by the slimmest margin in NASCAR history, according to NBC Sports.
“I’m super lucky and fortunate to have such great fans,” Patrick told Fox Sports. “The way I want to pay them back is to have a great race. I’m just very fortunate I have such great fans. I know there are some things we can do to make the car better. Let’s hope they work.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 16, 2015
“They’re very active across the social media platforms. I don’t take them for granted for a second. There is a million dollars on the line, so that’s pretty good too. I’m really fortunate that there were so many that have [voted]. I’ve been seeing it for a long time. They’ve been very active in getting me voted in. I heard that it was getting close today, and I am grateful that they came through and finished off the day strong. And I hope I can do the same thing for them tomorrow.”
Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer also advanced after winning the 20 lap segments of the qualifying event.
“I’ve never been so excited to win half a race in my life,” Biffle told Fox Sports.
Some NASCAR fans feel Patrick shouldn’t be in the 20-car line up, griping that the more-talented Martin Truex, Jr., who was second in the Sprint Cup Series standings, should start instead of Danica.
Martin Truex Jr. misses the All-Star Race despite being second in the Sprint Cup Series standings. #NASCAR
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Patrick was ninth in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race, after a rocky start with her car.
“I was disappointed with our races tonight. I didn’t have good starts. The car wasn’t good enough. I was really disappointed. I was not happy with it. There’s nothing better than redeeming yourself for not racing your way in, by winning it. That would be the best-best case scenario. To be honest, even cooler to get voted in and then win. So, that would be great.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Patrick recently found out she’ll lose her primary sponsor, Go Daddy when her contract with Stewart-Haas Racing ends this year. Another sponsor has yet to emerge.
Luckily for Danica Patrick, her fans have her back and voted her in, giving her the start she needs in the $1 million NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.