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

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IAugust 5, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 27:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, participates in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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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
GoBowling.com 400Pocono Raceway1030
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
2014 Sprint Cup Chase Grid
Pos.DriverPointsWinsTop 5Top 10
1Dale Earnhardt Jr.74031015
2Brad Keselowski6873910
3Jimmie Johnson6333612
4Jeff Gordon7572715
5Joey Logano6332811
6Carl Edwards618248
7Kevin Harvick6082610
8Kyle Busch611169
9Denny Hamlin532159
10Aric Almirola506124
11Kurt Busch488144
12Matt Kenseth6680813
13Ryan Newman642028
14Clint Bowyer617039
15Kyle Larson595049
16Greg Biffle590036
28Danica Patrick382002

Latest News


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
DateStartFinishLaps LedDriver RatingStatus
Aug. 11, 20133520054.1Running
Aug. 11, 2012*2343031.8Accident
DriverAverages.com (*Nationwide)

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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