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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was involved in a course collision with Brad Keselowski when her boyfriend and fellow driver, Rick Stenhouse Jr., nudged her car from the rear side panel.
In the 319th lap of the Coca-Cola 600, Stenhouse tapped Patrick as they hit a wide turn, sending her into Keselowski who then hit the wall. Both cars sustained significant damage and had to to get repairs.
Stenhouse himself then avoided a six car wreck six laps later.
Keselowski could be heard speaking to his team over the headset according to FoxSports.
"I'm all right," Keselowski said. "I didn't know we were three-wide, dude."
"I never said you weren't," replied spotter Joey Meier.
"You never said I was," Keselowski said.
The racer was coming into the day as the defending Sprint Cup champion and was in 21st place at the time of the accident.
The Sprint Cup champion had called out Patrick earlier in the year for not being real competition and never proving anything with victories. His sentiments seemed to be for Patrick at this race.
"I was three-wide with Danica and didn't know it and I cut her off and wrecked her and myself," Keselowski said. "I feel bad for her and I send my apologies to her. It's just a long night for the Miller Lite Ford."
"We'll move on. That's all you can do," he added.
Patrick was able to continue on after her pit crew worked on the car, but later on hit the wall. She finished in 29th place.
"I felt like we were making real progress and starting to get the car to a place that was really good, and had an accident, which is unfortunate because we were moving up," Patrick said reports Sporting News. "But nothing we can do about it now."