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Hamlin, Danica collide during Bristol practice

RELATED: Practice 2 results

Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick made contact during second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Saturday morning, causing slight damage to their cars at Bristol Motor Speedway.
With roughly 12 minutes left in the 55-minute session, Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota closed on Patrick's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet on the .533-mile track's frontstretch. Hamlin dove to the inside in an attempt to clear Patrick's car entering Turn 1, but ran out of room, pushing the right side of his car's nose into her car's left-rear fender.
Patrick said she tried to signal to Hamlin to help him pass by.
"I had just come out on tires," said Patrick, who is set to start 33rd in Sunday's Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). "They were cold and I wasn't very good anyway, I was pretty loose. I came down the front straightaway and I put my finger out the window to point him by, but he hit me on entry. I don't know if he ... it looked like he came pretty close when he went to go to the inside, too.
"Man, I love Denny, but he makes a lot of mistakes behind me. I don't know if he misjudged it or I was going slower than he thought, but I put my finger out the window and pointed him by. I had no intention to race him. I was not fast enough. I don't know, but the guys are going to try and fix it."
Hamlin said he didn't see any indication from Patrick's driver's-side window.
"I didn't see her finger," said Hamlin, who qualified fourth for Sunday's 500-lapper. "More than likely if she did, it was because I was on the outside of her on the straightaway, so I couldn't see the left side of her car. I went to go low, but I don't know whether she had stuff on her tires 'cause it looked like she was struggling and had stuff on her tires for a few laps there. I tried to go low and obviously we hung bumpers going into the corner."
Both cars circled back to their pit stalls to allow their crews to assess the damage before Saturday's final practice (11 a.m. ET, FS1).

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