In the “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy clicked her heels and said, “There’s no place like home,” in order to return to her home in Kansas.
After a top-10 run at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway was derailed by a late-race accident, the timing couldn’t be better for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to return to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Entering the weekend, Patrick is looking to score results similar to her May 2014 performance at the 1.5-mile track, when she started ninth and finished seventh. The effort was one of 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.
Patrick ran well throughout the night at Kansas that year and was scored as high as third late in the race before finishing seventh.
After finishes of 27th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, 24th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and 24th at Talladega, Patrick is looking to get back to a track where she’s found success at every level she’s competed. In addition to her success at Kansas in the Sprint Cup Series, she 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 there in July 2003.
Given her history at the track, Patrick hopes a return to Kansas this weekend will end with her No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet finding similar success at the 1.5-mile track.