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Danica to say yes to Nationwide race at Daytona UPDATE JR Motorsports today announced that driver Danica Patrick will enter Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Patrick "made the decision after finishing sixth" Saturday in the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, which marked her pro stock car debut in JR Motorsports’ No. 7 Chevy.

02/07/10 Danica Patrick will enter Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com on Sunday.  The IndyCar Series star who is beginning the transition to NASCAR made the decision after finishing sixth in Saturday's ARCA debut at DIS. An official announcement will be made on Monday.

Patrick will be guaranteed a spot in the field using the points Brad Keselowski accumulated in the No. 88 for JR Motorsports last season.

Crew chief Tony Eury Jr., who initially was against Patrick beginning her limited Nationwide schedule at Daytona, didn't hesitate to give a yes vote following the ARCA event.

"Me and Rick Hendrick told her the first time we ever met her, that Daytona might not be the place you want to do it," Eury said of starting her part-time Nationwide schedule. "It's basically a Sprint Cup race. You don't want to put her in a situation where she is going to fail. We told her to come down, run this race, get her feet wet and if you're comfortable do it.

"I would love for her to come back and run next week."

So would primary sponsor GoDaddy.com, according to multiple sources. ESPN.com

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