Danica Patrick posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 198.133 mph. Her three teammates, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Tony Stewart were all lined up behind her.
Danica Patrick has been extremely consistent in her last three road course races. She finished 20th and 21st in the 2013/2014 Watkins Glen International races and was 18th in last year’s edition of the Toyota / Save Mart 350.
A comparison of Danica Patrick’s first eight races of this season with her last seven reveal that her pace is slowing. In the first eight races, she had an average of 17.6; her last seven ended in an average of 23.3.
Danica Patrick has finished every lap of competition at Michigan International Speedway in four starts. Her best result was a 13th in spring 2013 and her worst was a 23rd that August. Last year, she finished 17th and 18th.
Danica Patrick finished 29th in her inaugural Pocono Raceway run in 2013. That was the only time in four starts that she finished on the same lap as the leaders.
In what NASCAR announced was the slimmest margin yet, Danica Patrick won over an undisclosed second-place finisher in the Sprint fan vote. She will start her second career all-star race on Saturday night.
GoDaddy.com will end its sponsorship of the No. 10 car and Danica Patrick at the end of 2015, according to USA Today, despite a record-setting season that made the decision difficult.
Danica Patrick struggled most of Friday afternoon on a track type that has been kind to her in the last two starts. She earned back-to-back top-10s at Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, but will need to adjust her Chevrolet all night to collect a third straight triumph at Richmond International Raceway.
Danica Patrick earned her sixth career Sprint Cup top-10 at Bristol and became the most prolific female driver in NASCAR history in that regard. She finished ninth in the Food City 500.
Danica Patrick needs to avoid trouble if she wants to earn her first Bristol top-15. In five previous starts, she has sustained damage in four events and has a best result of 18th.
Danica Patrick has finished on the same lap as the leaders in six of her last eight attempts as well as 19 of the last 30 races. Her ability to stay on the lead lap was much less pronounced in the 30 races that preceded this streak; she finished on the lead lap only eight times.
Danica Patrick earned her first top-10 of the season at Martinsville with a seventh and she actually flirted with the top five for a while at the end of the STP 500.
Danica Patrick earned the fifth top-10 of her career and came within one position of matching her best-ever finish when she crossed under the checkers seventh for the STP 500.
Danica Patrick scored her second-best Martinsville start in Friday’s qualification session. She will roll off the grid 16th for Sunday’s STP 500.