Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) earned an 18th-place finish in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
Patrick started the race from the 19th position and dropped as low as 28th in the opening quarter of the race as she struggled with a loose-handling racecar. Crew chief Billy Scott called for air pressure and wedge adjustments on the first couple of trips to pit road. Patrick was able to work her way back up to 22nd before green-flag pit stops commenced at lap 81.
When the caution flag waved at lap 115, Patrick was scored in the 20th position, one lap down to the leader. Since the team had pitted just 25 laps earlier, Scott called for Patrick to stay out and take the wave-around to get back on the lead lap. The call worked well for the team, as Patrick was able to maintain her position on the ensuing run and was on the lead lap when the caution flag waved again at lap 176.
She remained inside the top-20 for the remainder of the race, and when the field lined up for the lap-237 restart, the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet was scored in 16th. She lost two spots over the course of the final run and took the checkered flag in the 18th position.
“The No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet team did an awesome job on pit road all day long,” Patrick said. “I think we gained positions on almost every stop. The car wasn’t great in traffic, but we definitely made a big improvement from practice to the race, and I’m proud of my team for their effort.”