Danica on confronting booing fan: ‘I had a moment’

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Crew members examine the damage on Danica Patrick's car after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

BOSTON (AP) — Danica Patrick says she “had a moment” when she lost her temper at a booing fan after qualifying for last week’s NASCAR race.

She says she knows the smarter thing to do would have been to “just keep walking.”

“But every now and again they just catch you in a moment, and I had a moment,” Patrick says.

In a video that went viral, Patrick stormed over to the fan and said: “I’m a person, too. I have feelings. When you boo me, it hurts my feelings.”

The 35-year-old driver said during a promotional tour of Boston on Wednesday that she decided not to sign autographs for a fan at the Poconos track who had gone through a security cordon.

She says she “didn’t feel it was right to honor that person for disrespecting the security guard.”

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