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Danica has a horrible Friday at The Glen

Danica Patrick in the garage at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2014
Danica Patrick in the garage at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2014Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Danica Patrick's Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen started off bad and managed to get worse.

"It has been a record horrible day, I'm pretty sure," Patrick said. "Why not stack it on?"

During the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Patrick missed a shift and over-revved the engine. Due to the motor damage the team changed the engine and per NASCAR rules Patrick has to start at the back of the field on Sunday.

Patrick’s bad luck continued in the second practice session later on Friday. At the end of the 85-minute session the Scottsdale, AZ resident crashed her No. 10 Chevrolet a tire barrier on Turn 5. Patrick will be driving a backup car on Sunday.

"The only positive thing is that I'm hoping I'm using up all my bad luck and mistakes and all the bad stuff in one day, so that I can get it out of the system before we got to the next one," Patrick said in a NASCAR.com report."On the second thought, I suppose that after an engine change this morning we were starting in the back anyway. Third, I would say if you are going to have to start at the back of a track the strategies are all over the place on road courses and it just might push us into something that works."

Patrick has one career NSCS start at The Glen. Last season she started 35th and finished 20th. She finished 43rd, due to a crash, in her lone career Nationwide Series start at the upstate New York road course in 2012.

She had greater success at Watkins Glen during her IndyCar Series tenure. In six career starts she had an average finish of 13.3 and scored a Top 10 showing in 2005 when she finished 8th.

Danica starts 43rd at the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 1:19 p.m. (EDT)