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Danica Patrick down, Earnhardt Ganassi up in NASCAR in Fontana

February 20, 2010 |  2:20 pm

Danica-daytona Danica Patrick luckily got into the NASCAR Nationwide Series starting lineup for today's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya put Earnhardt Ganassi Racing on the front row for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The two teams are headed in opposite directions. Yet Patrick is the center of attention in the NASCAR world. McMurray and Montoya are quietly speeding under the radar.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for more on the rise of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and the struggles of Patrick.

-- Tim Haddock

Photo: NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick made her NASCAR debut at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., last week. She qualified 36th for today's Nationwide race at Auto Club Speedway. Credit: Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images