Danica Patrick refuses to get down on herself even though her first full season on the Sprint Cup series has been a struggle.
She is 28th in the Sprint Cup point standings after 11 races and has just one top-10 finish - that came in the season-opening Daytona 500.
''At the end of the day it's about keeping your head up and not getting discouraged to the point where it takes away from potential,'' Patrick told The Associated Press while at a promotional event Wednesday in Concord, N.C. ''When you're in a bad mood and you're defeated, I don't think that's going to get you the results you want.''
Unlike a year ago, Patrick and her Stewart-Haas Racing team have struggled this season on 1.5-mile tracks.
That leaves her concerned about her chances at Sunday's racing marathon - the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
She knows that the 600-mile race means she stands a chance of falling a few laps down if there aren't a lot of cautions.
''Yeah, it definitely makes you a little ...