Danica best, worst

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Roscoe’s Danica Patrick finished second (best of season, career) and seventh (worst of season) in a pair of Toyota Atlantic Championship races at Portland, Ore.

She was second in the first race, won the pole for the second and led the points after Saturday. But in that second race Sunday, she was hit from behind on the first lap, spun and had to charge back for the seventh.

She finished the weekend second in points (12 down); she started the weekend in second but only four down. The seventh snapped her streak of consecutive top-five finishes at six, dating back to last season.

But she became the first woman to win an Atlantic pole—and the first woman to lead the points. Her pole was the first by a woman in an open-wheel race since Sarah Fisher did it at Kentucky Speedway in 2002 in IRL competition.

Jon Fogarty, 2002 series champ, won both ends of the doubleheader for five career victories, including three in a row. He has led every lap in all three victories, meaning that he’s led the last 140 laps in competition.

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