It wasn't the night Danica Patrick had hoped for Friday at Richmond International Raceway.
After qualifying 16th and finishing 18th in her Richmond debut last fall, Patrick was hoping to improve on her performance. However, early handling issues and a loose condition with her car in the closing laps relegated the driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com to a 21st-place finish.
"It's a bummer," Patrick said. "There are the days when you hope you can make the most out of your good weekend. And there are weekends when you don't have great finishes, it's so much work. The ones where you finish well are more straightforward and, may I say, easier."
Thirteen laps into the race, Patrick complained about a funky vibration with the car that intensified with brake use. By the first caution, on Lap 24, Patrick had dropped four spots but restarted 19th as drivers peeled off to pit.
Her track position was short-lived, however, and Patrick lost six spots in the next five laps.
"Something feels really...