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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In a heart-stomping, fuel-mileage race Danica Patrick stayed calm as she patiently maneuvered her No. 7 Tissot/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet to a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Kansas Speedway.
“That was probably the most fun I have had in a Nationwide race,” said Patrick, who posted her third top-10 and 16th top-15 finish of the season. She remains 10th in the Nationwide driver point standings.
After two days of testing on the Kansas repaved 1.5-mile oval, the general consensus among teams was that pit strategy would probably play a major role in the outcome.
The pundits were right.
“It was a calculated race,” noted Patrick’s crew chief Ryan Pemberton. “We always want to finish better, but anytime you can bring home a top-10 you feel pretty good.”
Patrick, who delicately conserved fuel during a long green-flag run, was able to top off the fuel tank when the final cautioned waved with two laps remaining.
“We were right on the edge and I came in for a splash (of fuel) and that was the right move,” stated Patrick, who was listed in 15th place after making her final pit stop. “That last long run, the car was really tight and it was just killing me because it was cooling down and the track was getting fast. But all-in-all it was a really good day for the Tissot car.”
Speaking of Patrick and the Tissot car, she has produced strong performances in each of her last three races when the Swiss watch manufacturer was the primary sponsor on her No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Her two other Nationwide outings in the Tissot-sponsored car were a 10th-place finish last year at Chicagoland Speedway and the year before in Fontana, Calif, when she was running in the top-10 and was taken out in a late-race accident.
“It’s always an exciting week with the Tissot folks — we have had strong showings in the Tissot car and have had plenty of fun off the track,” said Patrick, who has been a Tissot ambassador since 2005 and has her own signature Tissot-designed timepiece — the Danica Patrick Limited Edition T-Race, available at retailers nationwide.
Earlier in the week, Patrick was the star of a special Tissot night in downtown Kansas City, Mo. as she drove her race car to the Hotel Nightclub before walking the red carpet to do media interviews in her evening attire and attend a private function with Tissot.
Patrick, who will also compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race for Stewart-Haas Racing, has three Nationwide Series races remaining in the 2012 season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Danica Patrick manages to stay in the news in a variety of ways, and during the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday it was by picking a fight with another driver.
Patrick was upset by some contact Cassill’s No. 83 car made while executing a pass, and attempted to show her displeasure by giving Cassill’s car a shove and turning him sideways.
That’s where things went...
Danica Patrick readily admits her rookie season in NASCAR hasn’t exactly set the world afire. Making the transition from IndyCar to stock cars can be difficult for anyone, and she’s aware that her results haven’t exactly been stellar.
She was quoted in Auto Week:
“I feel like we’ve been overall much faster than what our results have showed and performed better in the race...
Danica Patrick hoped to "coast" to a better finish on Saturday, but settled for 10th instead.
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Trouble in practice, difficulty qualifying, late-race wrecks and even a shoe - yes, a shoe - that she ran over while leading has defined Danica Patrick's first full Nationwide season.
She has only two top-10s through the first 29 races for JR Motorsports, and has yet to crack the top 20 during the first seven races of an abbreviated Sprint Cup slate for Stewart-Haas Racing,...
Danica Patrick has crashed again. She wasn’t thrilled of the way Landon Cassill was racing against her, but when she took action, she ended up in the fence with a badly damaged car. She violated a couple basic rules of NASCAR
From the Marbles:
Patrick entered the corner with her front fender on Cassill’s rear bumper, and maintained the contact through the turn while moving him...
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed how her season has gone and what she has learned, working with several crew chiefs, her expectations for next year and what she needs to do before the season starts and much more.
TALK ABOUT HOW THINGS HAVE GONE FOR YOU SO FAR HERE AT KANSAS. “Yeah, we started...
Citing earlier events in the race, Danica Patrick did not have a problem with her making contact with the No. 83 car of Landon Cassill. Patrick made contact with Cassill after he passed her and then attempted to move in front of her in turn one of Kansas Speedway.It was at that moment that Patrick made contact with the rear end of Cassill’s car and then tapped the left rear. Both...
Takes out another driver then crashes!
'Really good day' as Danica Patrick is 10th...
Danica Patrick made contact with Landon Cassill on lap 155 of the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway. The contact resulted in Patrick’s car hitting the outside wall and effectively ending her day. Below are her comments to the media after she got out of the car in the garage area.
WHAT HAPPENED? “I have just been really frustrated with the No. 83 (Landon Cassill). He...
Danica Patrick traded paint with fellow driver Landon Cassill on Sunday at Kansas Speedway and lost. Fighting for position near the rear of the field in the middle of the race, Patrick admitted it was “frustration” that caused her to get tangled up with Cassill but resulted in her wrecking her own car. Cassill says he was baffled by Patrick’s racing style.
“It’s still halfway...
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – With an eye on 2013, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is restructuring its team lineup beginning with the Oct. 26-28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Tony Gibson, currently the crew chief of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Quicken Loans team of driver Ryan Newman, will move to the No. 10 GoDaddy.com team of driver Danica Patrick. Gibson will...