Danica Patrick held on at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.
While she didn't match her career-high finish of 10th at her hometown track, the Roscoe, Ill., native finished 12th -- the same position she qualified at earlier in the day.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who qualified third, won his seventh career Nationwide race, and fifth of the year, and took over the points lead from Elliott Sadler.
Throughout the race, Patrick battled a loose race car. In the closing circuits, she battled lapped traffic. But with coaching from crew chief Tony Eury Jr. and Tab Boyd, who returned to the spotter's stand on Saturday, Patrick was able to maintain a steady pace.
When Dexter Stacey spun on Lap 4 to ignite the first caution of the day, Patrick already was "a tiny bit free up high." Unfortunately, that's where drivers would find the fastest lane on the track throughout the day.
She was 14th when the Dollar General 300 restarted and complained "the 99 (Kenny Wallace) is just driving with his mirrors...