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Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Standing Ahead of Kansas

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2014

After starting the 2014 AAA 400 in 13th, Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet were forced to walk out of Dover International Speedway with a 25th-place finish.

Through five career races on the mile-long concrete track, Patrick has an average finish of 25.80 and was right on that mark again Sunday. In the first Dover race of the season, the No. 10 car finished 23rd.

The current game plan the team has been employing is not working. When Patrick and her team return to Delaware in 2015, they must incorporate new ideas to help get her into contention. Dover is not an easy track to learn, but Patrick should be showing more improvement than she has thus far.

Here are Patrick’s full 2014 results, the updated Sprint Cup Series standings and the latest news surrounding one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers.

Danica Patrick 2014 Results
Race Track Start Finish
AAA 400 Dover International Speedway 1325
Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 18 19
MyAfibStory.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway18 19
Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway 13 16
Oral-B USA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway 27 6
Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 24 27
Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway 14 18
Cheez-It 355 Watkins Glen International 43 21
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
Source: NASCAR.com
2014 Sprint Cup Chase Grid
Pos.DriverPointsWinsTop 5sTop 10s
1 Brad Keselowski30005513
2Joey Logano30004113
3Kevin Harvick30002510
4Jimmie Johnson30003110
5Jeff Gordon30004211
6Kyle Busch3000126
7Dale Earnhardt Jr.30003011
8Matt Kenseth30000111
9Ryan Newman3000002
10Carl Edwards3000206
11Denny Hamlin3000126
12Kasey Kahne3000103
13 AJ Allmendinger2077102
14 Kurt Busch2073106
15 Greg Biffle2072003
16 Aric Almirola2061102
28Danica Patrick597003
Source: NASCAR.com

Here's a look at last year's top five moments from Kansas Speedway, including Patrick's crash:

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Latest News

This week’s race will be the Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway. It's the second race of the season from Kansas, which is good news for Patrick, who has done well at this track in the past.

In the first Kansas race of 2014, Patrick qualified in ninth place and ended up finishing seventh overall. Her composure on the track helped her team put her in a position to succeed, and she followed through with a top-10 finish.

Here are Patrick's career stats at Kansas:

Danica Patrick Kansas Results
DateFinish Start Laps LedDriver RatingStatus
May 10, 2014 7 9 0101.4Running
Oct. 6, 201343 29 029.3Accident
April 21, 201325 25 055.8Running
Oct. 21, 201232 40 040.4Running
Source: DriverAverages.com

After finishing dead last in this race in 2013 due to an accident, Patrick looks to use the momentum she created earlier this season to once again register a solid result. Finishing 25th at Dover won’t help her confidence, but Patrick knows she can buck the trend Sunday at a track she is comfortable on.

Crew chief Tony Gibson took to Twitter to share his feelings on Dover and moving on to Kansas:

When asked about her improvements on the track, Patrick spoke to Jared Turner of FoxNews.com regarding the impact Gibson has had on the No. 10 team's strides:

Everyone just works hard, and it's paying off. We actually should have finished better at New Hampshire (19th) but the yellows at the end probably didn't help. We're just getting better. Tony Gibson (crew chief) and the GoDaddy guys are giving me really good cars, and we just keep finishing better. I haven't run that well at Dover, but we've done better at all the tracks we've been to lately, so we're ready.

Former NASCAR driver and analyst Kenny Wallace shared his thoughts on Patrick:

Wallace may be right that this is the big leagues of driving, but Sunday's race at Kansas could be Patrick’s chance to break out and make an impact. She has the confidence following a stellar performance on this track, and her team has been one of her biggest strengths all season.

With many of the top drivers in the sport worrying about positions and advancing to the next round of the championship chase, Patrick will only be focused on one thing Sunday: winning.

Instead of mailing in her effort for the remainder of the year, Patrick knows, as a driver who is still learning the craft, this is valuable time she can be learning. Every driver’s ultimate goal is to win a championship, and Patrick is getting the opportunity to watch the chase from the outside.

If she builds confidence at Kansas and carries it into Charlotte Motor Speedway the next week and at Talladega Superspeedway in two weeks, Patrick could be heading toward a breakout season in 2015 with Stewart-Haas Racing.

With a talented team, quality cars and a driver who is ready to emerge as a top star, Patrick’s success rate should continue to climb with a standout performance at Kansas.

Predicted Finish: Ninth

 

*Stats via NASCAR.com.

 

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