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Danica Patrick

Team: Stewart Haas Racing-10
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/25/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'2 / 100

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In eight previous attempts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick has finished better than she started in six races.
This spring, she finished six positions better than her 33rd-place qualification; last spring was her career-best result. She finished ninth after starting 26th, which added 17 place-differential points to her finishing result. Aug 19 - 12:32 PM

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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.

Patrick’s other top-17 came at Dover International Speedway and there are some similarities to the short, flat courses. Like New Hampshire and Martinsville, Dover is a rhythm track and all three of these venues still have their second races to host.
Aug 8 - 6:51 PM

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.

Patrick’s career-average finish on this track is just shy of 31st and that is about where she can be expected to run this week. There is a little hope in that her best result of 16th came in this race last year after she qualified 20th. If she shows enough speed in practice and makes it to the second round of time trials, she might garner a little attention.
Jul 28 - 10:54 AM

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.

Patrick came close on a number of occasions. Most recently she was 16th last fall at Texas Motor Speedway, but in 2016 all five of her similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track results have ended in either a 20th- or 21st-place result.
Jul 7 - 9:01 PM

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.

With Wave Arounds and Free Passes, this is not as difficult as it once was, but it’s an accomplishment nonetheless. Drivers need to be in striking distance in order to score good finishes and that is what Patrick has managed.
Jun 22 - 11:23 AM

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.

Patrick rolled to the end of pit road, but inexplicably failed to take to the track as the bubble kept bursting for drivers ahead of her. This will be the 10th time in 15 races that she started worse than 24th, so she is accustomed to racing in traffic.
Jun 10 - 5:10 PM

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.

Patrick is of marginal interest in games where she does not command an overwhelming price or if she fits the final niche on a roster perfectly, but she should be used sparingly in games that offer multi-entry and not at all in Pick ‘Em games that limit distributions. Her record on the longer flat tracks is simply not good enough to make her a safe bet. In nine starts on these two courses, she has only two lead lap results.
Jun 2 - 1:17 PM

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.

Elliott has a legitimate chance to win the All-star race given his strength in the Sprint Showdown segments. Patrick was not particularly strong in any of the three segments and finished only ninth among 23 cars running in the final 10-lap segment.
May 21 - 12:39 PM

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.

The damage appears to be significant enough that all three drivers will need to roll out backups. If Stewart or McMurray change their engines, they should not have to go to the back of the pack after qualification. Patrick will almost certainly have to replace both the engine and the car.
May 13 - 11:20 AM

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.

In 17 races since her last top-10, she has not scored another top-15 on this course type. She has come close on several occasions with four 16th-place results. One of these was earned at Kansas in 2014, making this a good place to regard the No. 10 as a solid dark horse.
May 7 - 11:21 AM

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.

In general, this is not one of her better tracks with an average finish of 25.5 in six attempts. She has finished on the same lap as the leaders only once and never cracked the top 15.
Apr 21 - 3:58 PM

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.

Patrick approached the track to express her displeasure to Kahne following the incident. Competitors are instructed to remain inside their vehicles until safety/emergency personnel arrive and to avoid walking on an active racing surface. Patrick has also been placed on probation for the next four events.-NASCAR.com
Mar 24 - 2:07 PM

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.

Patrick was credit with a 38th-place finish and her bad luck is such that she will not make many fantasy rosters. Keep an eye on her as the season progresses, however, because if Stewart-Haas Racing improves across the board, she should earn a fair share of results in the teens and her current salary cap is taking a hit.
Mar 20 - 11:03 PM

The Kobalt 400 will mark Danica Patrick’s 121st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her fourth at Las Vegas.

Patrick’s top Sprint Cup finish at the 1.5-mile track is a 21st-place effort she earned in 2014. In addition, she scored a fourth-place finish in XFINITY Series competition at Las Vegas in 2011. That effort marked the best-ever finish by a woman in a NASCAR national stock-car series, topping a fifth-place run by the late Sara Christian in a Sprint Cup race in 1949 at Heidelberg (Pa.) Raceway.-True Speed Communication
Mar 2 - 8:16 PM

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.

She started 25th position and ran just outside the top-20 for much of the race. With five laps to go, Patrick was scored in the 21st position, three laps down to the leaders. The caution flag waved with two laps remaining. A number of cars made contact after the field went back to green, but Patrick was able to avoid the carnage and took the checkered flag in the 20th position. She is 29th in the point standings.-SHR
Feb 29 - 10:05 AM