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, where Patrick will run full-time next season for team owner Tony Stewart.
Now she comes to Kansas, where she'll be running both series this weekend, hoping that some of the success she had here in the IndyCar Series rubs off on the recently repaved track.
''Ultimately, I'm disappointed with the results,'' Patrick said before qualifying 41st for Sunday's Sprint Cup race. ''I wish there were better results on the record books, but there are a lot of drivers that can say that at the end of the year.''
The season couldn't have started out any better. Patrick won the pole for the season-opening Nationwide race at ...