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

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Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Ranking Ahead of Watkins Glen
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Yet another potentially strong run for Danica Patrick was derailed by car issues at Pocono.

After qualifying 10th for the GoBowling.com 400, Patrick maintained that position throughout much of the afternoon. But on Lap 14, a flat right-rear tire sent her into the wall and thwarted any chance of a top-10 finish.

Patrick would return to the track and finish 30th on the afternoon, but that was thanks to a 13-car pileup that ended the day for several notable drivers. Following a 42nd-place finish at Indianapolis, Patrick remains well outside of the Chase standings at 28th in points.

As the Sprint Cup circuit now heads to Watkins Glen, Patrick has a glimmer of hope for another top-20 finish on the season. Even with limited experience on the road course, Patrick needs a strong result to keep her inside the top 30 and in contention for the Chase Grid.

Here's a look at the latest news, results and standings for Patrick ahead of the Cheez-It 355.

Danica Patrick 2014 Results
Race Track Start Finish
GoBowling.com 400 Pocono Raceway 10 30
Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 14 42
Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 29 22
Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway 29 8
Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway 10 21
Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 11 18
Quicken Loans 400 Michigan International Speedway 27 17
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

2014 Sprint Cup Chase Grid
Pos. Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 740 3 10 15
2 Brad Keselowski 687 3 9 10
3 Jimmie Johnson 633 3 6 12
4 Jeff Gordon 757 2 7 15
5 Joey Logano 633 2 8 11
6 Carl Edwards 618 2 4 8
7 Kevin Harvick 608 2 6 10
8 Kyle Busch 611 1 6 9
9 Denny Hamlin 532 1 5 9
10 Aric Almirola 506 1 2 4
11 Kurt Busch 488 1 4 4
12 Matt Kenseth 668 0 8 13
13 Ryan Newman 642 0 2 8
14 Clint Bowyer 617 0 3 9
15 Kyle Larson 595 0 4 9
16 Greg Biffle 590 0 3 6
28 Danica Patrick 382 0 0 2

NASCAR.com

 

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Putting it lightly, the Stewart-Haas Racing team has experienced myriad issues this season.

Whether it's Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch or Patrick, engine problems and tire issues have plagued them throughout the year. Both Harvick and Busch have victories this season, but Stewart and Patrick are on the outside looking in at the Chase Grid due to the issues.

For Patrick, she simply apologized to her team following the latest incident, per Nate Ryan of USA Today:

While issues with her car were what ultimately ruined a good race for Patrick, the issues were likely self-induced.

Prior to the flat tire that sent her careening into the wall, the SHR driver smacked the wall in Turn 2. Patrick spoke about the accident following the race, via Ryan:

I feel so badly that I started the problems when I hit the fence there in turn two. I just wish I would have been smart enough to bring our GoDaddy Chevy to pit lane as soon as it happened, but sometimes tire rubs seem worse than what they are, so I stayed out there and we lost the tire. I'm really disappointed, and I know all the guys are, too.

Currently sitting at 28th in the standings, the only way for Patrick to theoretically make the Chase would be to win a race. After just one race at the Glen, the 32-year-old was unable to lead a lap last season.

Below are the results for Patrick at Watkins Glen, according to DriverAverages.com.

Danica Patrick Watkins Glen Results
Date Start Finish Laps Led Driver Rating Status
Aug. 11, 2013 35 20 0 54.1 Running
Aug. 11, 2012* 23 43 0 31.8 Accident

DriverAverages.com (*Nationwide)

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In a previous road race during the 2014 season, Patrick did finish 18th at Sonoma Raceway. With just six top-20 results this year, that has to be reason for optimism as Patrick looks to secure her seventh.

Unfortunately, a top 20 doesn't help her much in the Chase standings. Without sniffing the lead at a road course yet in her career, it's unlikely that Patrick will gain any ground toward making the NASCAR postseason at Watkins Glen.

The pressure is on for SHR and Patrick heading into the Cheez-It 355 and a good finish appears likely. But with co-owner Stewart a leading contender for the race, Patrick might be the lone member of the team without a win after Sunday.

Predicted Finish: 17th

 

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