Danica Patrick, who drives the No. 10 Chevrolet, is in her second season as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and her second with Stewart-Haas Racing and crew chief Tony Gibson. Patrick, who spent seven years driving open-wheel cars in the IndyCar Series (2005-11), has one career top-10 and one career pole in Sprint Cup — both at the 2013 Daytona 500.
A recap of the Duck Commander 500:
WHERE SHE STARTED: Qualified 24th for the 500-mile event, her third-best starting position in NASCAR's first seven races.
WHERE SHE FINISHED: Patrick was 27th, two laps down at the 1.5-mile oval, after struggling with an ill-handling car.
WHAT SHE SAID:"... the track changed a lot with the weather, and I think that really hurt us. It was disappointing, because we had a fast racecar today; but we did make the right adjustments, and the pit crew did a nice job in the pits all day."
HOW IT UNFOLDED: Patrick had trouble with the handling in the No. 10 Chevrolet from the start, as crew chief Tony Gibson made several adjustments. The race began with a 10-lap caution period as NASCAR continued a track drying effort after showers soaked the area Sunday. However, the sun came out and track temperatures rose, giving some teams trouble as they adjusted setups on the fly.
NEXT RACE: Bojangles' Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Saturday, 6:45 p.m. ET (Fox)
LAST TIME: Patrick finished 28th after starting 40th at the 1.366-mile track.
CONCERT UPDATE: Patrick also apparently was disappointed to learn the Miley Cyrus concert scheduled in Charlotte on Monday night after the race was cancelled. When local TV station WBTV announced Cyrus had to pull the plug at the last moment because of illness, Patrick's reaction was featured by the Charlotte-based news channel:
"Me and my girls were so ready to twerk tonight........," Patrick tweeted.
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