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Mark Martin
Patrick 'dedicated' to NASCAR future

Is there any question NASCAR's "It Girl" is serious about hanging with the big boys? News flash: Danica Patrick is skipping the Indianapolis 500 to race in the Coca-Cola 600 in May. That shows a serious level of engagement for Patrick, who has dabbled in NASCAR before making a full-time commitment to race a full Nationwide Series schedule and 10 Sprint Cup races this season. "It was her decision," said Tony Stewart, her team owner at Stewart-Hass Racing. "We didn't tell her she couldn't run the Indy race. … It shows how dedicated she is to making this thing work." It was a call made on the business side for Patrick, who competed in her...