Danica Patrick’s hopes for a solid finish in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway were dashed when the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS was collected in a 22-car incident in turn one at lap 90. The Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team’s night was further complicated by rear-end issues that sent the team to the garage for repairs and left Patrick with a 27th-place result.
Patrick started the race from the 22nd position and was scored as high as eighth before the team made a scheduled, green-flag pit stop at lap 67. NASCAR officials deemed she had driven through too many pit stalls following the stop and assessed the team a pass-through penalty. Patrick brought the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet back down pit road to serve the penalty at lap 73 and rejoined the field in the 37th position.
As Patrick made her way around the 2.5-mile track without drafting help, the lead pack of cars caught her 12 laps later and put her one lap down. Then at lap 90, Patrick was collected in a 22-car accident that caused significant body damage to the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet. Crew chief Billy Scott called the shots as the team pitted five times during the caution period to make repairs. Patrick rejoined the field for the lap-101 restart but came back to pit road four laps later as smoke emanated from the car.
After initial assessment in the pit stall, Scott sent Patrick back to the garage. Finding that an issue with the car’s rear end had caused it to overheat, the team replaced the entire rear-end housing. Patrick rejoined the field at lap 133, completed the remaining laps and took the checkered flag in the 27th position.
“It’s just unfortunate that we were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Patrick said. “But that’s how it goes with speedway racing. I’m proud of everyone on my Nature’s Bakery team for doing such a good job of getting the car repaired and back on track.”