Danica Patrick got a late-race pit road speeding penalty and finished 23rd in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), pitted on lap 322 of 400, but her entrance onto pit road was deemed too fast by NASCAR officials. She was forced to serve a drive-through penalty under green, costing her any chance of a better finish.
“It’d be interesting to see where we would have finished had we not had that penalty,” said Patrick after only her fourth Sprint Cup start at Dover. “It didn’t kill us, but it’d be interesting to see. We were pretty rough at the beginning of the race, but we got it better in the later going. Actually we’re running really good laps. We’d just lost a few laps by that point and couldn’t get them back. But we battled through and did OK. It’s our best finish here, and I think we’re getting better.”