Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Phoenix- Many outside the NASCAR community thought Danica Patrick had turned the corner and was ready to contend in the NASCAR world. She started on the pole for the biggest race of the season at Daytona International Speedway last weekend and ran up front all race. Patrick was running third all the way up to the final lap with a shot to win it but made a costly mistake, not making a move for the win and found her way back to eighth instead. All in all though fans were happy to see her contending and thought she’d turn the corner. Her performance in the first two days at Phoenix is showing she’s not quite there yet. Patrick, was near the bottom of the practice chart yesterday and found herself qualifying 40th place for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500. Her lap was nearly six-mph slower than Mark Martin’s pole speed as she struggled with the handling of her No. 10 Go Daddy Chevrolet. On Saturday, she still struggled to grasp the new Gen-6 car as she was a dismal 35th of 43 cars in the opening practice session on race setup. Her top lap on race set-up was nearly identical to qualifying trim which shows she’s not quite ready yet. She’s certainly going to get some slack for that this weekend, but to have her back in this she’s not ready yet. Patrick, was rushed along too quickly to the top ranks in NASCAR far before she’s ready to compete. Danica would have been better off racing one more year in the Nationwide Series before moving up to Cup this season. She could have got a better grasp of the car and been more competitive. Instead, the type of performance she’s giving at Phoenix will be a regularity all season on tracks outside of restrictor plate races. Those type of tracks are much easier to drive as it’s comparable to her IndyCar days. All drivers need to do at Daytona and Talladega is hold the pedal down and drive. There’s not much driver skill involved in that. In tracks she actually has to drive, she’s going to struggle. The post NASCAR: Danica Patrick reverting back to last season’s struggles at Phoenix appeared first on Race Review Online.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLB could move Orioles’ home games to another city

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Kevin Love not expected to be available next series

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Titans have reportedly been 'all over' Marcus Mariota

Report: Browns talked with Redskins about trading up

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers in film room after blowout loss

Josh Hamilton officially traded back to Rangers

Report: Landing Adrian Peterson too costly for Cardinals

Report: Antonio Brown joins Steelers voluntary work outs

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.