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.
Danica Patrick was contending for a top-20 finish until she tried to pass the lap-down car of Kasey Kahne. He apparently misjudged the length of his nose and spun the fast femme into the wall on lap 122 of the Auto Club 400.
The Kobalt 400 will mark Danica Patrick’s 121st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her fourth at Las Vegas.
Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) scored a 20th-place finish in Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing will make the switch from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017, according to a report by NBC’s Nate Ryan.
Jimmie Johnson spun in turn one of the final lap of the second Can Am Duel in Daytona. He collected five other cars. Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, and Danica Patrick were also involved. Johnson appeared to be blocked by Jamie McMurray before spinning. Patrick spun while passing the crash scene, probably after running over fluid.
By winning the pole in her rookie Daytona 500 and finishing eighth in that event, Danica Patrick developed a reputation for being a solid restrictor-plate, superspeedway performer, but that is one of only two top-10s in 13 starts for the formidable femme.
Billy Scott has been named crew chief for the No. 10 team of Danica Patrick.