After two finishes outside the top-20, the timing couldn’t be better for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to return to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for Saturday night’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Entering the weekend, Patrick is looking to score results similar to her performance at the 1.5-mile track last May, when she started ninth and finished seventh. The effort was one of only two times in her career she has started and finished in the top-10, with the other being the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where she started on the pole and finished eighth.
She ran well throughout the night at Kansas last May and was as high as third late in the race before finishing seventh.
After back-to-back weeks with results of 25th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and 21st at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Patrick is looking to rebound at Kansas and get back into the top-10. She has already scored two top-10 finishes so far this season with a seventh-place effort at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and a ninth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Those results helped her earn the record for the most top-10 finishes of any female in Sprint Cup Series competition with a total of six top-10s.
In addition to Patrick’s success at Kansas last May, she also earned a top-10 run at the track in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition in October 2012. She also has one top-five and three top-10 results in the IndyCar Series at Kansas, and she scored an IndyCar pole in July 2003.
Given her results at the track, as Patrick looks to earn another top-10 finish in the 2015 season, she hopes a return to Kansas will do just the trick.