Danica Patrick crash with boyfriend another bumpy ride for Stewart race team

Danica Patrick's working relationship with her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now has a few skid marks, commemorating their Hallmark moment on the race track.

Is there a card that says "Sorry for wrecking your car and ruining your night, honey?"

Danica and Ricky went bump in the night at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, and it wasn't in a good way. Stenhouse drove his car into the side of Patrick's car during Lap 319 of the Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, ending her night on the track.

Her Go Daddy Chevy collided with Brad Keselowski, taking both cars out of the race. At least Stenhouse was able to carry on and finish 14th. Danica finished 29th.

Tony Stewart, Danica's boss, wasn't pleased.

"Ricky Stenhouse, I'd choke him right now if I could get to him," Stewart told Sirius XM Radio after the race. "One more lap of having to mess around with him... "

Ouch. That's never a good thing to hear when dealing with a guy who has an ornery disposition and is nicknamed "Smoke."

Consider this a cautionary tale kids, of what's it's like when you work with your snuggle bunny.

It's probably OK if you are pulling the same shift over at Starbucks, but the business of stock-car racing is precarious and often volatile.

Danica and Ricky going crash-bam-boom was bound to happen.

"We've been racing against each other as long as we've known each other," Danica said during Speed Weeks in February. "So, you know, there are times you're out there on the track, you don't even see each other, you're not even next to each other. Every time we have been, it's about respect and neither of us put up a big fight.

"So far it's been pretty obvious who is faster than who whenever someone comes up behind the other. For the most part it's been him faster than me, I would say, of course. The few times it's happened to me, he doesn't put up a fight. And I don't see that any different. I don't see us putting up a huge battle.''

And this wasn't a battle. Simply an accident in a sport where cars smash into each other a lot. Who knew?

At first, it appeared that Keselowski was the guy stirring up trouble on the track. "I was three wide with Danica and didn't know it and I cut her off and wrecked her and myself," Keselowski said after the incident, taking blame for the collision. "I feel bad for her and I send my apologies to her."

But upon further review, Stenhouse clipped the side of Patrick's car, shoving her into Keselowski's car and sending them both crashing into the wall.

Bad deal. But Stewart needs to chill.

His biggest headaches are self-inflicted. His Stewart-Hass Racing team stinks this year.

Or as Lee Spencer from FoxSports.com noted in the post-race news conference, while questioning race winner Kevin Harvick: "You've won two of the last four races. Stewart-Haas is running like a bag of [bleep]. Are you regretting the decision you made?"

Ouch.

Harvick will join the SHR team next season.

 

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