Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Ranking Ahead of Michigan

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Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Ranking Ahead of Michigan
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The Tricky Triangle was not kind to several drivers on Sunday afternoon, and Danica Patrick just so happened to be one of the racers leaving flustered.

Patrick was racing well on the day in Pocono—running as high as second at one point—but was undone by a cut left front tire that ended her day. The No. 10 car still wound up finishing just two laps down, but would have finished much higher than 37th at Pocono if not for that.

All in all, things didn't go well for Patrick's entire team. Stewart-Haas Racing had several drivers experience issues, but none worse than Patrick losing control and nearly ending her day on Lap 138.

The afternoon wasn't all bad for Patrick, though, who drove movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum around in the pace car at Pocono.

Luckily for Patrick, she's heading to a track where she has found success in the past. While she has never registered a top-10 result in Michigan, she holds an average finish of 18th at the track during her career.

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heading to Michigan, here's a look at the latest news and current ranking for Patrick going into the 15th race of the season.

2014 Sprint Cup Standings
Rank Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Jeff Gordon 498 1 5 10
2 Matt Kenseth 482 0 5 10
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 476 2 7 9
4 Jimmie Johnson 475 2 5 9
5 Brad Keselowski 448 1 6 7
6 Kyle Busch 443 1 3 6
7 Carl Edwards 441 1 3 7
8 Denny Hamlin 420 1 4 5
9 Joey Logano 418 2 6 7
10 Kyle Larson 417 0 3 6
28 Danica Patrick 246 0 0 1

NASCAR.com

Danica Patrick 2014 Results
Race Track Start Finish
Pocono 400 Pocono Raceway 16 37
FedEx 400 Dover International Speedway 28 23
Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 4 39
5-Hour Energy 400 Kansas Speedway 9 7
Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway 7 22
Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway 35 34
Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 33 22
Duck Commander 500 Texas Motor Speedway 24 27
STP 500 Martinsville Speedway 10 32
Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway 27 14
Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway 36 18
Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 22 21
The Profit on CNBC 500 Phoenix International Raceway 33 36
Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway 27 40

NASCAR.com

 

Latest News

So close, yet so far away. That seems to be how Patrick's season has gone thus far. But that's not only indicative of Patrick's year; it can also be said for SHR as a whole.

Outside of Kurt Busch, who finished third on Sunday, it was not a good day for Stewart-Haas. Tony Stewart received a speeding penalty in the pits and Kevin Harvick cut a tire as well, but both finished just outside the top 10.

Nate Ryan of USA Today points out just how poorly Sunday, and the year as a whole, have gone for SHR:

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Sunday wasn't only rough for the Stewart-Haas team, as drivers like Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch also experienced issues that derailed their day. While some of the issues for both Stewart and Harvick came early enough in the race to recover, Patrick had just 22 laps to make up the difference.

Rather than falling off the pace in Pocono during just her third race at the track, Patrick was riddled with car troubles yet again. The 32-year-old was in second when the incident occurred, ending any chance of her first top-15 finish at Pocono.

While she wasn't able to come away with a good finish after the issues, Patrick still played a role in the finish of the race. Brad Keselowski tried to use her to knock off debris, but let up too much as Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed him for the win.

Patrick spoke about her frustrating finish to the race, via USA Today:

I just went into turn three, and the car just shot to the wall. It looks like the left front lost air for some reason. I believe (teammate Kevin) Harvick had the same thing happen to him. Goodyear said our cars had similar left front tire issues — lost air in tires and sidewalls bowed out.

It's disappointing because I think we could have had a good finish.

While the finish was disheartening for Patrick, she has some motivation heading into Michigan. The SHR driver has just one top-10 on the season, but might be in line for another strong finish this weekend.

Here's a look at Patrick's career statistics at Michigan:

Danica Patrick Michigan Stats
Date Start Finish Laps Led Driver Rating Status
June 16, 2013 37 13 0 69.2 Running
Aug. 18, 2013 28 23 0 52.9 Running

DriverAverages.com

Last season, Patrick put together one of her best races, finishing 13th on June 16 in this exact race. Still holding onto a seventh-place result from Kansas one month ago, Patrick needs a good race in Michigan to regain any confidence this season.

The year has been a rough one for SHR, even with two drivers nearly locks to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. If the season is going to completely turn around, Patrick will need multiple good races starting with Michigan on Sunday.

Predicted Finish: 14th

 

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