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Eury agrees but said observing tactics and taking names is part of her work-study program as she prepares for a potential full-time Sprint Cup debut in 2013.

"It's just about getting better," Eury said Friday in the garage. "The only thing I tried to do was get a point across to her to pay attention to who's racing you how. As she gets better and as she becomes a better driver, she can race them the same way. She can pull the tricks and the rooting and the gouging and everything that happens. It's one of them deals where it's a learning curve, so we talked about it where it happens and when it happens. That way it's fresh on her mind."

But Eury maintains that jealousy and insecurity in the garage area have made her treatment different from a typical rookie.

"Let's be real," he said. "With as much exposure as Danica has, her being a girl, those kind of things right there, people are like, 'Why is she outrunning me?' First of all, any short track in America, you get beat by a girl and you're going to get ragged by your peers. That's common knowledge. If LeBron James gets dunked by a damned girl off the women's NBA, he's going to get ragged on. I don't care who you are. It's a mentality. It's not a bad thing. It's just part of life."

Dillon said Eury's assertions don't apply to him. Dillon, who helped make Patrick's No. 7 Chevrolet unstable and spin off track by driving so close as to change the way air flowed over her rear spoiler, said he had an amicable conversation with her Friday and wanted to speak with Eury.

"I don't look at myself as a dirty driver by any means," said Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Trucks Series champion who is second in Nationwide driver points this season. "We go after it every week, hard. Last week, I drove the same as I drove everybody, and I think that's what Danica wants is to be treated the same. I treat everybody the same, and I am going to race everybody hard.

"It's something I've always been taught, and I think she respects that. She told me that when we talked this morning."

Eury called Dillon's move an "old trick," but Dillon said Patrick's spotter could have done a better job of preventing the incident at Michigan.


Cobb: Subconscious is motivated by emotion, right? Not reason. We need to find a way to translate this into an emotional concept....

I think positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time. We all yearn for reconciliation, for catharsis.

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I just want to say Danica you did a wonderful job today!!!! Don't let those bullies on the track get to you just come back at them next time they try that again....Jf they are going to be agressive with you just do the same next time....I have faith in you....Your my favorite!!!!! Your #1

Positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time. Well done, Danica!

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