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 ...