With racing's best clawing for a spot in the Contender Round, Danica Patrick charged to the lead late at Talladega and -- though she fell back -- earned trust and respect in the process.
Two of Danica Patrick's Stewart-Haas teammates qualified for the Chase. Helping them win is her priority -- unless she's running in the top 5. Then all bets are off.
Danica Patrick finished a career-high sixth at Atlanta late Sunday, tying Janet Guthrie for the best finish by a woman in the modern era in a top-tier NASCAR race.
After a top-10 finish at Daytona, it has been all downhill for Danica Patrick. She admits it's frustrating to have nothing to show for her efforts.
Focus is honed. Intensity ratchets up. No one wants to lose, but across racing, guys especially don't want to lose to women.
A month that started on a high note for Danica Patrick at Daytona fizzled on another of her favorite tracks when a broken rear gear resulted in a 42nd-place finish at the Brickyard.
Danica Patrick avoided two big wrecks that wiped out much of the field and tied her second-best NASCAR Sprint Cup finish, winding up eighth in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Daytona International Speedway is the site of historic firsts in Danica Patrick's career, but she also has a seventh at Kansas and top 20s in two of the past three races.
It's been a winding road from the go-kart tracks in Roscoe, Ill., to the famed high-banked expanse of Daytona, but for Bev Patrick, Danica's mom and avid supporter, it's ultimately been rewarding.
By leading six of the first 12 laps, Danica Patrick became the first woman to pace the field at Talladega. Her 22nd-place finish also was the best for a woman.
Nine races into the Sprint Cup season, Danica Patrick feels better than last year, even if the results don't always show it.
Danica Patrick jumps up in driver and owner standings after finishing 21st at Las Vegas, which alleviates some qualifying pressure.
Danica Patrick's Sprint Cup season is off to a dreadful start, and if it doesn't improve soon, she risks not making races in upcoming weeks.
Qualifying has been an obvious weakness for Danica Patrick, but don't expect the new system to provide any magic answers.
Wedged in a long line of traffic, Danica Patrick held on for a 19th-place finish in the Nationwide Series season opener.
Needing to finish 15th in her Duels race to assure entry into Sunday's Daytona 500, Danica Patrick squeaked in after a nerve-wracking final three laps.