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“It’s hard for her now because she’s trying to gain the confidence of the guys around her that she’s solid and is going to make good decisions,” Stewart said.

Patrick has committed full-time to NASCAR this year. She’ll run Nationwide for JR Motorsports, and plans to run a partial Cup schedule driving for Stewart.

“I feel really feel good,” Patrick said. “I feel comfortable, I feel confident, I feel like if things fall our way and I can take the experience from today into Sunday, I think it will be a good day. And obviously, things that are out of your control can make it a bad day, but that’s kind of the excitement about racing.”

Stewart knows Patrick hasn’t yet shown what she’s capable of in NASCAR.

“I think there’s more aggression and confidence in her than what she showed here today,” Stewart said. “It shows her poise and what she’s trying to do to gain the other drivers’ confidence.”