For Danica Patrick, it was all about finishing -- the race and the season.
On Saturday, Patrick qualified 14th and finished one position better in the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Her JR Motorsports replacement, Regan Smith, won his first Nationwide Series race while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned his second series title.
For Patrick, the year ended 10th in the Nationwide Series points -- the best finish ever for a woman in NASCAR. She posted four Top 10 finishes with a season-high eighth in the spring at Texas and won her first career pole, at Daytona in February.
After getting her feet wet in stock cars with JRM the past three seasons, Patrick expressed her gratitude before the race began.
"Thank you guys for everything," Patrick said. "I've had so much fun and I've learned so much. You guys have been so great to work with, I want you to know I appreciate everything. Let's finish this off well here."
Then it was down to business. Spotter Mark Green introduced himself ove...