Found April 14, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
PLAYERS: Danica Patrick
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Danica Patrick turned 30 on March 25 and earned her first NASCAR Nationwide Series top 10 finish of the 2012 season in her next race. Not a bad little belated birthday present, coming courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Patrick started her sixth Nationwide Series race of the year from the 17th position, stayed around that spot most of the night and capitalized late off of a good pit strategy and aggressive driving, eventually finishing eighth. "It's fun when your best spot on the track is at the end of the race," Patrick said. "It was a bit slow going at times but we kept at it and kept our heads down." While standing next to her bright green No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, Patrick wasn't claiming that she turned in a perfect outing, instead, electing to classify her run as just OK. Running 13th with 11 laps remaining, Patrick benefited from a caution for oil on the track. But having new tires and only six laps left, the 2005 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year turned in some of her most aggressive driving since making the full-time switch. "I definitely had the get the heck out of my way attitude because I knew it was time sensitive," she said. "I was charging forward and putting my nose where I didn't care if it fit. But that's kind of what you do. "I'm realizing you have to just do a little more of that. Take advantage or be taken advantage of." Patrick, who found success racing in the IndyCar Series from 2005-2011, is competing in her first full season of stock car racing. Her best Nationwide finish was fourth, coming last year in Phoenix. Friday's finish marked her fourth top 10 in 31 Nationwide starts. It was also her third time racing a stock car at TMS. Patrick's other two finishes were 11th in 2011 and 22nd in 2010. "I had a good run," she said. "And I just basically kept the momentum going wherever my car was."
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