Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

RICHMOND, VI - JUNE 26: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Boost Mobile Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IRL Indycar Series SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 26, 2009 at the Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
While Ricky Stenhouse Jr used a win at Friday nights Nationwide race to move within four points of Elliott Sadler for the series point lead he was not the only driver who made big gains in the Lone Star state. Propelled by her first top-10 of the season, Patrick moved up six positions to 11th in the Nationwide driver standings. It was a needed finish for the driver who was coming off a 35th place finish at Fontana.Patrick is tied with Joe Nemechekfor 11th, they trail Mike Bliss by 15 points for 10th. Even with the move up the point standings, some will point out that Patrick is still an astonishing 38 points behind Trevor Bayne who did not even race at Texas and is uncertain of his next Nationwide appearance. The next race on the Nationwide schedule is Richmond. Danica finished 18th there last fall.
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