Danica Patrick could be headed for her worst Chicagoland Speedway finish yet. In three practice sessions this weekend, she has averaged the 29th-fasstest lap. Prior to this weekend, her worst race on this track ended in a 26th.
Danica Patrick had been running at the end of three consecutive races at Darlington Raceway until last year’s crash induced DNF (Failure to Finish). She slapped the wall and retired on 190 of 367—finishing 42nd in the process.
In eight previous attempts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick has finished better than she started in six races.
Danica Patrick has three results of 16th or better this season without a top-10. Her results have not been entirely predictable, but two of these efforts came on short, flat tracks with a 16th at Martinsville Speedway and a 14th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Pocono Raceway has not been particularly kind to Danica Patrick during her brief seven-race career there. She has one top-20, two top-30s, and the remainder of her efforts has been outside that mark.
In 2014, Danica Patrick made a name for herself with top-10s in two races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. She finished seventh at Kansas Speedway in May and sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August that season, but she has not earned another top-15 in 19 races since.
Danica Patrick has finished as well as 17th and as badly as 29th in six NASCAR Cup road races, but one thing has been consistent. She has always finished on the lead lap on this course type.
Danica Patrick was the fastest driver who failed to advance to the final round of qualification for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Her lap of 196.185 mph was good enough for only 25th on the chart.
Danica Patrick got consistently better in each 2.5-mile flat track race last year. She was 37th in the June Pocono Raceway event, 27th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and 16th in the fall Pocono race.
Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick will fill out the field for the All-star race to make this a 20-car show. Elliott had the most votes among the drivers who failed to advance with Sprint Showdown segment wins. Patrick had the second most.
Danica Patrick apparently blew the engine on the No. 10 in the opening minutes of practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. She oiled down the track and collected teammate Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray.
One-third of Danica Patrick’s six career top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Cup series came on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. She finished seventh at Kansas Speedway in 2014 and was sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway later that same year.
If the past two years are an indication, Danica Patrick should be better in the fall than spring. Her last two races in September ended in top-20s, but her best spring attempt was a 25th last year.
NASCAR announced that Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick had been fined $20,000 for walking toward the racing surface after she was involved in a crash with fellow driver Kasey Kahne at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.