Danica Patrick finished a career-best 17th in the AdvoCare 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, giving herself and the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet team plenty of momentum as they prepare for her first full-time Sprint Cup Series season in 2013.
Patrick, who drives the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing via a collaborative agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), improved upon her previous best of 24th on Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Phoenix race was her 10th career Sprint Cup Series start and her last of 2012.
While Patrick had one of her best races of the season, her 17th-place result came after a wild day for her and several competitors at the 1-mile oval.
After starting 37th, Patrick was running top-10 lap times despite her car’s tight handling. Crew chief Tony Gibson was able to improve the car’s handling throughout the race, but the duo still needed track position as Patrick went one lap down during a...