Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) ended up with a 26th-place finish in Sunday’s MyAFibRisk.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.
Patrick started the race from the 25th position and gained two spots before the team made a scheduled, green-flag pit stop at lap 49. Crew chief Daniel Knost called for a four-tire change with air pressure adjustments in an effort to improve the tight-handling condition Patrick experienced during the first run.
She was able to race her way up to 20th before the team pitted again at lap 94, but the handling issues persisted. The Aspen Dental team continued to make adjustments throughout the course of the race, and Patrick ran as high as 18th.
The team pitted under green-flag conditions at lap 185, and Patrick was trapped two laps down to the leader when the caution flag waved at lap 192, as the entire field had yet to cycle through green-flag stops. She restarted from the 25th position at lap 196 and gained three spots before the team pitted again at lap 246.The caution flag waved for the final time at lap 257, and Knost called Patrick to pit road for fresh right-side tires. The No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet lined up 25th for the final restart, but Patrick lost a spot in the closing laps to finish 26th.