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May 10, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick prior to the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race 2014: Danica Patrick fails to win fan vote

A number of Sprint Cup drivers were hoping to earn a spot in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but there were only three lucky drivers that earned their spots in the big race on Friday night.

In the Spring Showdown, it was Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger who qualified with their first and second-place finishes in the showdown.

The other spot that was up for grabs was in the NASCAR Fan Vote, where many believed Danica Patrick would be voted through by the NASCAR faithful placing their votes at home. Unfortunately for Patrick, she failed to win the fan vote as Josh Wise earned the most votes.

“We would have liked to have raced our way into the All-Star Race tonight, but it just didn’t happen,” Patrick said in a statement. “The guys gave a good effort, and we’ll learn from this and hopefully, it will help us next week in the Coca-Cola 600.

“Last year, we were lucky enough to get the Sprint Fan Vote, and that didn’t happen this year. It’s my understanding that I had more votes than I did last year, but you know, it is what it is. I don’t doubt my fans at all. I know they voted, and I’m grateful forall they did to try and get me in the race.”

Tomorrow’s all-star race will air on FOX Sports 1 with the race beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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