Motorsport: Patrick gets sponsor help at 11th hour

Danica Patrick during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500. Photo / Getty Images
Danica Patrick during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500. Photo / Getty Images

One of Danica Patrick's sponsors has stepped up to fill a sudden funding void created when Stewart-Haas Racing sued her primary backer for $31 million in a breach of contract suit.

Aspen Dental said Wednesday it will be the lead sponsor for Patrick and debut on her car in the Feb. 26 season-opening Daytona 500.

Patrick and SHR were left with 20-some races to fill less than two weeks before teams report to Daytona International Speedway because of a nasty split between the team and primary sponsor Nature's Bakery. SHR is suing for the final two years Nature's Bakery owed on the contract.

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