Danica has day to forget at The Glen

Danica (R) before she crashed
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The only good thing about Danica Patrick's Friday at Watkins Glen International is it's over.

Patrick had a very bad day at The Glen. She had to change an engine after the day's first practice – meaning she'll start at the rear of the field for Sunday's race – and then crashed head-first into a tire barrier after suffering a blown tire at the end of the second session.

"It has been a record horrible day, I'm pretty sure," she said with a chuckle after being released from the infield care center. "So why not stack it on?"

With just two minutes remaining in practice, Patrick – who was 36th-fastest – was informed by Matt Kenseth that smoke was coming from her car. It turned out the left front shock failed, which caused the tire to rub and then blow out. Her Stewart-Haas Racing team will use a backup car.

Experienced road racer AJ Allmendinger led Friday's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger topped the charts with a fast lap of 128.688 mph around the 11-turn road course. The No. 47 driver came in at fourth-fastest in Friday's opening practice.

Marcos Ambrose, who was fastest in the Nationwide Series final practice earlier, came in as second-fastest in Cup's final practice with a speed of 128.682 mph.

Defending race winner Kyle Busch rounded his 17th lap at 128.660 mph for the third-fastest run of the session.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (128.259 mph) and Aric Almirola (128.220 mph) round of the session's five-fastest drivers.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Scott Products 128.688 68.538 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 128.682 68.541 –0.003
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 128.660 68.553 –0.015
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 128.259 68.767 –0.229
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 128.220 68.788 –0.250
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 128.166 68.817 –0.279
7 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 128.146 68.828 –0.290
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 127.969 68.923 –0.385
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 127.958 68.929 –0.391
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 127.861 68.981 –0.443
11 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 127.848 68.988 –0.450
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 127.835 68.995 –0.457
13 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 127.832 68.997 –0.459
14 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 127.626 69.108 –0.570
15 95 Michael McDowell Ford K-LOVE Radio 127.593 69.126 –0.588
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 127.490 69.182 –0.644
17 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Splash / Menards 127.488 69.183 –0.645
18 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 127.453 69.202 –0.664
19 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 127.425 69.217 –0.679
20 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 127.416 69.222 –0.684
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kelloggs / Cheez-it 127.223 69.327 –0.789
22 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver's 127.135 69.375 –0.837
23 34 David Ragan Ford Dockside Logistics 127.091 69.399 –0.861
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Ford EcoBoost 126.925 69.490 –0.952
25 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 126.879 69.515 –0.977
26 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Bully Hill Vineyeards Toyota Camry 126.835 69.539 –1.001
27 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 126.759 69.581 –1.043
28 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 126.735 69.594 –1.056
29 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 126.032 69.982 –1.444
30 77 Nelson Piquet Jr Ford WORX 125.950 70.028 –1.490
31 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 125.469 70.296 –1.758
32 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry 125.437 70.314 –1.776
33 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 125.377 70.348 –1.810
34 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 125.304 70.389 –1.851
35 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 124.714 70.722 –2.184
36 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 124.545 70.818 –2.280
37 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Media Cast 124.350 70.929 –2.391
38 32 Boris Said Ford Genny Light 124.280 70.969 –2.431
39 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 124.243 70.990 –2.452
40 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 123.793 71.248 –2.710
41 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 123.555 71.385 –2.847
42 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 122.679 71.895 –3.357

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