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Danica Patrick hit in head by rock on dirt track

    Danica Patrick removes her earplugs after completing her laps during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

LAS VEGAS >> Danica Patrick says she’s fine after getting hit in the head by a rock on a dirt track.

Patrick got smacked by a stray rock while attending a race Thursday night, leaving her with a sore head. She had a brief conversation with medical staff Friday, but felt no problems.

Patrick says the rock hit her “straight in the head,” and she’s glad she had a hat on or “there would have been blood.”

Patrick had one of the most significant crashes of her career last Sunday in Phoenix, slamming into a wall with about 100 laps left and leaving her with a stiff neck and a headache.

Patrick became the first woman to win a pole and lead green-flag laps at the Daytona 500 last month, finishing eighth.

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