Patrick Scores Top-10 in Sprint Unlimited

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy/TaxACT Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), overcame damage sustained in a multicar accident to score a 10th-place finish in the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

When the caution flag waved for a multicar accident at lap 46, Patrick displayed impressive maneuvering skills as she wove her way through a quagmire of spinning cars. The red flag was displayed for 14 minutes and 42 seconds as track officials worked to clear the track, and Patrick restarted in the seventh position when the field went back to green-flag conditions at lap 49.

She ran as high as fourth before getting caught up in a lap-63 accident. When Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made contact directly in front of Patrick in turn 3, her car was collected in the carnage. The No. 10 GoDaddy/TaxACT Chevrolet sustained left-rear quarter panel damage, and Patrick went a lap down as she had to pit twice for repairs to the car.

Patrick was able to take the wave-around and got back on the lead lap when the caution flag waved again at lap 68. After another red-flag period, she restarted in the 12th position at lap 71, then picked up two positions in the closing laps.

“We got a lot of laps in tonight,” Patrick said. “We learned some things I can work on and some things we can work on as a team for next weekend.

“There at the end, I thought the top lane would roll, but we went nowhere and ended up 10th.”


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