They scored a seventh-place finish at the .526-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway late last month. It was Patrick’s first Sprint Cup top-10 at a short track. Last weekend at the .533-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, she earned her second top-10 of the season – a ninth-place run at the high-banked short track. The effort marked the sixth top-10 finish of Patrick’s Sprint Cup career, setting the record for the most top-10 finishes ever by a female in Sprint Cup competition.
While the results have been great, the finishes haven’t come easy. They have been earned through a lot of hard work by Patrick and the members of her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team.
Early in the race at Martinsville, Patrick was running 30th while battling an ill-handling car and she went a lap down to the leader at lap 150. The team continued to adjust on the racecar throughout the event and, once Patrick was able to get back on the lead lap, she started charging toward the front of the field. She cracked the top-10 with a little more than 100 laps to go and worked her way up to seventh before taking the checkered flag.
At Bristol, Patrick came back from being a lap down twice during the event. Once again, the team didn’t give up and kept making adjustments to Patrick’s No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS. She raced her way into the top-20 at lap 193 and remained there for the rest of the event. In the late stages of the race, she worked her way into the top-15 and was able to crack the top-10 in the closing laps.
As Sprint Cup teams head to the .75-mile Richmond oval this weekend, Patrick and her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team will be looking for another top-10 run to continue their short-track success.