Danica Patrick Ready To See Returns

It is difficult to believe, but less than two months ago the season’s first Pocono (Pa.) Raceway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race took place. And this week it’s time for part two with the Windows 10 400 Sunday at the 2.5-mile triangle.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), hasn’t had the best results at Pocono with a best finish of 29th in her first race there in June 2013. She’s since finished outside of the top-30, but one needs to dig a little deeper to see she could be poised for a great finish this time around – with a little luck.

In her second race at the track in August 2013, she was running a respectable 18th when she was involved in a multicar accident in the tunnel turn and ended up 35th. She was poised for a solid top-20 finish before the incident.

In June 2014, Patrick was running second on lap 138 of 160, but she cut a left-front tire and hit the turn-three wall to end any chance of a good finish. She was scheduled to make another pit stop before the end of the race for a splash of fuel and, even though a top-10 was probably out of the question, a top-15 was what the team was aiming for when the accident occurred. She ended up 37th in the race, two laps down, after repairs.

This past June, Patrick ran as high as sixth and was scored in the 11th position when the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet made contact with the outside wall on lap 136. The subsequent damage caused the sheet metal to cut down the right-rear tire. As a result, Patrick spun in turn one and the car’s right-rear corner hit the wall.

She was able to get the car back to pit road, where the GoDaddy team assessed the damage and went to work. Patrick rejoined the field, but less than 15 laps later another flat tire sent Patrick spinning off of turn three. She impressively maneuvered the car to pit road and the team changed all four tires. Patrick completed the remaining laps and finished 37th.

After having such a strong run in June derailed by late-race contact with the wall, Patrick and crew chief Daniel Knost are hoping this week will be the one when a good finish finally comes to fruition and they can finally see solid returns.


Speedway Digest Staff

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