A long weekend at Dover ended with a 28th-place finish for Danica Patrick in the Sprint Cup race, but the experience gained was valuable for next season.
In just her fifth Sprint Cup race, Danica Patrick tied her best result with a 29th-place finish and, just as important, completed all laps without incident.
In the second Sprint Cup race of her career, Danica Patrick fared much better than her first, a disaster at Daytona that included a first-lap crash.
After a 20th-place finish in her final race as a Sprint Cup rookie, Danica Patrick is eager for 2014 to begin.
Danica Patrick finished strong last year in the Nationwide Series, but with two races to go in her rookie Sprint Cup season, she's still struggling.
A jarring crash ended her day early at Kansas, but Danica Patrick remains determined to finish the season on a positive note.
Danica Patrick and Courtney Force have earned the headlines for women in auto racing thus far this season, but other drivers have had their moments, too.
It's been a rigorous first full Sprint Cup season for Danica Patrick, and the numbers prove it: With fewer than a dozen races left in this inaugural season, she has 1 pole, 1 top-10 finish and 5 laps led.
Not only did Danica Patrick and Brad Keselowski collide on Lap 319, the incident appeared to be caused by none other than Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Danica Patrick is still struggling at qualifying on the intermediate and short tracks, finishing 40th or worse four times this season. And that makes the race a challenge.
Amid the chaos of the crash-filled final laps, Danica Patrick posts her best Cup finish of the season -- 17th -- Sunday at Phoenix.
Frustrated with Landon Cassill, Danica Patrick decided to retaliate; instead, she lost control of her car after contact, skidded into the wall and ended her day early at Kansas.
Six races into her Sprint Cup career, Danica Patrick has her best result - 25th - and speaks of making progress.
If the No. 10 car fails to meet the top-35 mark, Danica Patrick will have to qualify at Darlington, and that could put a wrench in some carefully laid plans.