Seemingly with momentum after finishing a career-best seventh at Kansas and qualifying fourth at Charlotte, Danica Patrick saw her night end early after a series of mechanical problems.
Danica Patrick's race had a promising start as she led early, but engine problems caused her to pull off after 31 laps. Her day was done.
Running 19th, Danica Patrick slid into Brad Sweet, and the contact sent her slamming into the wall. She returned after repairs but finished 29th.
After several problem-filled, frustrating weeks, Danica Patrick finishes ninth on one of the trickiest tracks in the business.
After she led a career-high 20 laps Saturday, Danica Patrick's No. 7 Chevrolet was beset with multiple mechanical problems, and she dropped to a 27th-place finish.