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Danica Patrick says she is OK after rock strikes her in head | Auto racing

High-profile driver Danica Patrick says she feels fine after getting hit in the head by a rock while attending a race at a dirt track in Las Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS — Danica Patrick says she feels fine after getting hit in the head by a rock at a dirt track.

Patrick got struck by a stray rock while attending a race Thursday in Las Vegas, leaving her with a sore head. The high-profile driver had a brief conversation with NASCAR medical staff Friday, but felt no serious problems.

During a visit to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway media center, Patrick said, "I feel like I have a concussion from last night. I got hit by a rock at The Dirt Track and I took it to the ground.

"So I feel like it's really sore ... It hit me straight in the head. Good thing I had a hat on, or there would have been blood."

Patrick had one of the most significant crashes of her career Sunday in Avondale, Ariz., slamming into a wall with about 100 laps left in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The wreck gave her a stiff neck and a headache.

Patrick, 30, became the first woman to win a pole and lead green-flag laps at the Daytona 500 last month, finishing eighth in NASCAR's biggest event.

Cup qualifying

is rained out

LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski will start on the pole after heavy rain forced NASCAR officials to cancel qualifying for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race.

"I was just thinking when I walked in, with this being Vegas and all, what the odds would be of a rainout in Vegas," Keselowski said. "I bet that was pretty high."

The field will be set by points and the NASCAR rule book, giving the pole to last season's series champion.

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start fourth in the field of 43. Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in fifth.

Patrick will start 37th.

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