The results -- two top-10 finishes, six top-20s and a significant improvement in qualifying -- say Danica Patrick is making strides. Her crew chief thinks a top-5 -- and even a win -- could be just around the corner.
Could Candace Parker be getting some company? A'ja Wilson, the undeclared No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, looks to become the second girl to win the McDonald's slam dunk contest on Monday night when she takes on seven boys.
Tyra Buss and Ashley Kelsick both are 5-7 junior guards who were among the top three scorers in the nation a year ago. This week, they've seen their hard work pay off as they signed their national letters of intent.
Jaime Nared, the No. 5 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2014 class, is eager to join her former AAU teammates Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds after giving a verbal commitment to Tennessee.
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.