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

Danica Patrick has a mechanical failure while leaving a pit stop during the Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2017

Sometimes when it rains, it truly does pour. For Danica Patrick, the second-year driver experienced just that on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Following a top-10 finish at Daytona, Patrick was unable to sneak into the top 20 at New Hampshire. But heading into the Brickyard 400, she was driving well and garnered confidence running inside the top 15 throughout much of the day.

Unfortunately, all of that good fortune came crashing down as her car suffered a broken axle and ruined her chances at a good finish. Though nothing is promised in NASCAR, it appeared Patrick was having her best run at the Brickyard before the mechanical issues.

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That tough luck is something Patrick knows all too well, and it might continue this coming weekend. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has never performed well at Pocono, without a top-20 finish in three tries.

Before the Sprint Cup circuit moves on to the Tricky Triangle, here's a look at the latest standings and news surrounding Patrick.

Danica Patrick 2014 Results
RaceTrackStartFinish
Brickyard 400Indianapolis Motor Speedway1442
Camping World RV Sales 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway2922
Coke Zero 400Daytona International Speedway298
Quaker State 400Kentucky Speedway1021
Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma Raceway1118
Quicken Loans 400Michigan International Speedway2717
Pocono 400Pocono Raceway1637
FedEx 400Dover International Speedway2823
Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway439
5-Hour Energy 400Kansas Speedway97
Aaron's 499Talladega Superspeedway722
Toyota Owners 400Richmond International Raceway3534
Bojangles' Southern 500Darlington Raceway3322
Duck Commander 500Texas Motor Speedway2427
STP 500Martinsville Speedway1032
Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway2714
Food City 500Bristol Motor Speedway3618
Kobalt 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway2221
The Profit on CNBC 500Phoenix International Raceway3336
Daytona 500Daytona International Speedway2740
NASCAR.com
2014 Sprint Cup Chase Grid
Pos.DriverPointsWinsTop 5Top 10
1Brad Keselowski6663910
2Jimmie Johnson6283612
3Jeff Gordon7172714
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.6932914
5Carl Edwards603248
6Joey Logano5912710
7Kevin Harvick565259
8Kyle Busch609169
9Denny Hamlin572158
10Aric Almirola496124
11Kurt Busch456144
12Matt Kenseth6610813
13Ryan Newman606027
14Clint Bowyer577028
15Kyle Larson562049
16Austin Dillon559013
28Danica Patrick382002
NASCAR.com

 

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Despite the end of the race leaving her near the back of the pack at Indy, she had a promising run on Sunday.

In fact, the 32-year-old was running 12th when she suffered the broken axle at the Brickyard. Though she finished 42nd, Patrick was able to joke about the issues, per Jay Pennell of Fox Sports:

We looked at everything and it looks like the launch was fine. It just one of those things. It's too bad and these things never happen when you're having a bad day. We were having a good day. It's disappointing and the GoDaddy guys built me a really good car. Hendrick gave me great horsepower. We were the fastest car out there at times.

She also took to Twitter following the race to voice her thoughts:

Patrick would return to the track much later in the race in an attempt to collect points but was 28 laps down by that point. While she collected just two points for the team, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving offered his opinion on her performance:

The unfortunate finish also hurt her in the standings. While she's nowhere near being in contention for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, somehow getting to Victory Lane would have essentially locked up a spot in NASCAR's postseason.

But let's be honest—nobody was catching Gordon on Sunday afternoon.

Patrick is now 28th in the standings and heading to a track where she's never experienced success. The Tricky Triangle is exactly that for the SHR driver, as she has finished outside of the top 30 during the last two races.

Here's a look at Patrick's career results at Pocono, via DriverAverages.com:

Danica Patrick Pocono Results
DateStartFinishLaps LedDriver RatingStatus
June 8, 20141637055.9Running
Aug. 4, 20133534052.2Accident
June 9, 20133029058.1Running
DriverAverages.com

Though she has minimal experience at Pocono, the results look daunting for Patrick. She has a chance to improve those statistics drastically on Sunday, especially after a strong run at a similar track in Indy.

As time continues to run out on Patrick and several other drivers in the field, she needs a strong run and potentially her first victory to keep hopes alive for the Chase. With hopes fading, Patrick won't get that elusive win and will fall further behind her competition.

Predicted finish: 32nd

 

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