Danica Patrick had been running at the end of five consecutive races on short, flat tracks before slipping three laps off the pace at Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago.
Danica Patrick posted the fifth fastest lap in the first practice session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 97.972 mph.
Danica Patrick crashed in her first attempt at Talladega in 2013, finished the next five races, and failed to finish this May with crash damage.
Danica Patrick finished 11th in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That is her best result of the season.
Danica Patrick has sustained crash damage in four of her eight Charlotte Motor Speedway starts.
Danica Patrick has finished 16th or better in four of the last six races on short, flat tracks and was 19th in one other event.
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.