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Keselowski wrecks while battling Danica for lead

May 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

No. 2 team claims blame for incident; more history for Patrick

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A three-wide battle for the lead early in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in Brad Keselowski wrecking onto the apron after a nudge from the No. 10 of Danica Patrick.

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Keselowski found a line in the middle and had just pulled ahead of Patrick past the start/finish line. He attempted to maneuver his No. 2 Ford into the low line heading into Turn 1 when the two cars made contact, sending Keselowski spinning wildly onto the oversized apron.

The Team Penske driver saved his car from further damage by regaining control just as his Ford slid back up onto the track, bringing out the caution on Lap 14.

Patrick, who became the first woman to lead a Cup race at Talladega, was told over the radio that the incident was not her fault. "I was looking in my mirror," said Patrick, who was leading a Cup race for just the third time in her career. "I was trying to slide in between the 2 and the 24 (of Jeff Gordon)."

Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe agreed.

"We weren't clear enough to make that," Wolfe said over the radio. "I'll just call it at that. We weren't clear enough to make that move."

Keselowski took his car into pit road for an extensive stop. He returned to the track seven laps down.

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