DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —
"I'm honored,'' the Patrick, the native of Roscoe, Ill., "But, again these are things that just happen along the way. I'm on the quest to be the best drive, run up front, get to Victory Lane.
"These things happen and I'm proud. But they are not the ulitimate goal.''
Casey Mears, driving the No. 13 Geico Ford and associated with Danville agent Doug Barnette, was involved in Lap 34 accident along with Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. Mears wound up finishing 29th.