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Danica : 'I really like Mark and I wish it would have worked out' RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated Danica Patrick recently sat down with NASCAR ILLUSTRATED to talk breast cancer awareness and the Go Pink campaign that she and sponsor GoDaddy have championed the past couple years. At the end of our interview, though, the conversation steered toward Mark Martin. Martin, who will serve in a driver development role next year at Roush Fenway Racing , was poised to play a part in Patrick's professional growth in 2014. "He was supposed to be my driver coach this year and he wasn't," she said with a laugh. Let the record reflect that Martin didn’t back away from the challenge, according to Patrick , who revealed it was a back injury the fitness enthusiast suffered that kept him out. "He was supposed to do it and then he got hurt, and I was like, 'Is Mark gonna come to the track?' " Patrick said. "…His back hurt. I feel bad for him, obviously racing and working out is everything to him and then to be hurt and not be able to do…to retire and not be able to do the other, I know it's been a tough 2014 for him. "I really like Mark and I wish it would have worked out but it was circumstantial. But he was up for the job." Patrick had some involvement -- "not a ton," she said -- with Martin acting in a mentoring role. Asked to describe Martin's coaching style based on the limited interaction she had with him, Patrick detailed the plan devised for her at Stewart-Haas Racing . "Our sort of motivation and mission together was a lot less about turn in earlier or brake harder or deeper, it was more about the communication side of things, just how to translate the information from me to the crew chief in a beneficial way, in a productive way," she said. "And then kind of be the eyes and ears around a little bit and maybe (see) his side of things of what needs to be worked on to make things go better." Martin, whose legendary driving career included 96 wins across all three of NASCAR's major touring series, will tutor Patrick's boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , among others, next season. "I think he has a good understanding that every driver is a little different and you can't just go tell him what to do," Patrick said. "We had a good plan. Just didn't see it through the way that I thought, but Mark is great guy and I know he would have done a good job." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse bring out the caution late after making contact which sent Patrick into the wall.
Danica Patrick talks about working with Mark Martin and explains his coaching style.
A statistical look ahead to the third race of the Chase RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota 2014 Chase Grid Pos. Drivers Season Wins Chase Points 1 Brad Keselowski 5 2,097 2 Joey Logano 4 2,096 3 Kevin Harvick 3 2,090 5 Jimmie Johnson 3 2,080 5 Kyle Busch 1 2,077 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 2,077 7 Jeff Gordon 3 2,070 8 Matt Kenseth 0 2,057 9 Carl Edwards 2 2,057 10 AJ Allmendinger 1 2,056 11 Kasey Kahne 1 2,055 12 Ryan Newman 0 2,055 13 Denny Hamlin 1 2,049 14 Greg Biffle 0 2,049 15 Kurt Busch 1 2,047 16 Aric Almirola 1 2,045 Green = In position to move to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Orange = In position to possibly be eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challenger Round Red = Eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Below is a look at the 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway in Dover , Delaware going into the AAA 400 on Sept. 28. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m. 1 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.1 2014 Rundown • Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; five poles • Average finish of 12.8 • Led 22 races for 1,418 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, three top fives, three top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 14.4 in nine races • Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best • Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.620 mph, 11th-fastest 2 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8 2014 Rundown • Four wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 12.5 • Led 19 races for 794 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two top fives, seven top 10s • Average finish of 14.7 in 11 races • Average Running Position of 17.0, 17th-best • Driver Rating of 81.3, 17th-best 3 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.4 2014 Rundown • Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; six poles • Average finish of 14.0 • Led 20 races for 1,369 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 15.3 in 27 races • Average Running Position of 15.8, 14th-best • Driver Rating of 84.8, 14th-best • 831 Green Flag Passes, second-most • 4,556 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), ninth-most • 393 Quality Passes, eighth-most 4 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.1 2014 Rundown • Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.8 • Led 15 races for 1,035 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Nine wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles • Average finish of 8.4 in 25 races • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.6 • Series-best Driver Rating of 122.5 • Series-high 1,069 Fastest Laps Run • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.536 mph • Series-high 6,661 Laps in the Top 15 (87.6%) • 387 Quality Passes, 11th-most 5 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 17.4 • Led 13 races for 411 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 14.4 in 19 races • Average Running Position of 11.8, fifth-best • Driver Rating of 105.3, third-best • 413 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 144.166 mph, third-fastest 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2 2014 Rundown • Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s • Average finish of 10.8 • Led 12 races for 220 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 16.2 in 29 races • Average Running Position of 17.4, 18th-best • Driver Rating of 82.5, 16th-best • 232 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most • 748 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.547 mph, 12th-fastest 7 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.5 2014 Rundown • Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 10.3 • Led 19 races for 571 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Four wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles • Average finish of 11.7 in 43 races • Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best • Driver Rating of 94.5, sixth-best • 289 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most • 783 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.994 mph, fourth-fastest • 5,815 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), third-most • Series-high 521 Quality Passes 8 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.0 2014 Rundown • 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 14.1 • Led 16 races for 465 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.0 in 31 races • Average Running Position of 8.8, second-best • Driver Rating of 108.3, second-best • 461 Fastest Laps Run, third-most • 726 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 144.261 mph, second-fastest • 6,224 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%), second-most 9 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4 2014 Rundown • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s • Average finish of 15.0 • Led 9 races for 133 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 10.2 in 20 races • Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best • Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best • 491 Fastest Laps Run, second-most • 786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.927 mph, sixth-fastest • 5,374 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most • 519 Quality Passes, second-most 10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Hungry Jack / ACME Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.4 2014 Rundown • One win, two top fives, four top 10s • Average finish of 20.6 • Led 5 races for 68 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top 10s • Average finish of 22.8 in 13 races • Average Running Position of 21.7, 27th-best • Driver Rating of 75.4, 21st-best 11 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.6 2014 Rundown • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 16.4 • Led 10 races for 204 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One top five, five top 10s • Average finish of 21.0 in 21 races • Average Running Position of 16.5, 16th-best • Driver Rating of 80.4, 18th-best • 311 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most • 792 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most • 4,101 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most 12 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans “Design A Scheme” Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9 2014 Rundown • Two top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 14.3 • Led 4 races for 24 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles • Average finish of 13.6 in 25 races • Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best • Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best • 4,978 Laps in the Top 15 (65.5%), seventh-most • 375 Quality Passes, 12th-most 13 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 15.7 • Led 12 races for 195 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top fives, six top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 19.6 in 17 races • Average Running Position of 15.8, 15th-best • Driver Rating of 83.3, 15th-best 14 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Post-It Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.8 2014 Rundown • Three top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 15.6 • Led 6 races for 109 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.4 in 24 races • Average Running Position of 11.8, fourth-best • Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best • 434 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most • 786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.959 mph, fifth-fastest • 5,497 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3%), fifth-most • 505 Quality Passes, third-most 15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.7 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s • Average finish of 19.4 • Led 11 races for 181 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s • Average finish of 18.2 in 28 races • Average Running Position of 13.4, ninth-best • Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best • 292 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most • 816 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.741 mph, ninth-fastest • 4,415 Laps in the Top 15 (58.1%), 10th-most • 415 Quality Passes, sixth-most 16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Nathan’s Famous Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 74.1 2014 Rundown • One win, two top fives, seven top 10s • Average finish of 20.4 • Led 5 races for 23 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One top 10 • Average finish of 15.4 in five races • Average Running Position of 17.7, 20th-best • Driver Rating of 77.2, 20th-best The 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Brad Keselowski 9 1 1 3 3 0 14.4 87.9 2 Joey Logano 11 0 0 2 7 1 14.7 81.3 3 Kevin Harvick 27 0 0 3 12 1 15.3 84.8 4 Jimmie Johnson 25 3 9 13 18 2 8.4 122.5 5 Kyle Busch 19 0 2 9 12 4 14.4 105.3 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 29 1 1 6 11 1 16.2 82.5 7 Jeff Gordon 43 4 4 17 24 5 11.7 94.5 8 Matt Kenseth 31 1 2 14 20 5 13.0 108.3 9 Carl Edwards 20 0 1 8 12 0 10.2 100.0 10 AJ Allmendinger 13 0 0 0 3 2 22.8 75.4 11 Kasey Kahne 21 0 0 1 5 6 21.0 80.4 12 Ryan Newman 25 4 3 6 12 2 13.6 88.1 13 Denny Hamlin 17 2 0 3 6 3 19.6 83.3 14 Greg Biffle 24 1 2 6 11 1 13.4 98.9 15 Kurt Busch 28 0 1 6 8 6 18.2 91.6 16 Aric Almirola 5 0 0 0 1 0 15.4 77.2 * – Based on last 19 races at Dover International Speedway. Dover International Speedway: History • The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969. • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty. • The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971. • The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995. • The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997. • The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002. Notebook • There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971. • 381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 274 in more than one. • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39. • David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph. • 38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover , led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each. • Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover . David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974. • Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover : Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013). • Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days). • Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days). • 34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with nine wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014). • 12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep). • Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days). • Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days). • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 16: Jimmie Johnson (nine), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover ; led by Chevrolet with 35 victories; followed by Ford with 25. • 13 of the 89 (14.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010. • The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway. • 28 of the 89 (31.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place. • 70 of the 89 (78.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position. • Five of the 89 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recently: Tony Stewart , spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position) • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995. • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four. • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17. • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24. • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.240. • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.360. • 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances. • Among the 12 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win. • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 39; followed by Kevin Harvick with 27. • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second. • There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404). • Not one of the 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions. • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011. • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06). • Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991). • One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr . (06/04/07). • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,976 laps led in 25 starts. • If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville – 3,593 laps led). • Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick . Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Janet Guthrie 11 33 9/19/1976 Janet Guthrie 15 11 9/18/1977 Danica Patrick 38 28 9/30/2012 Danica Patrick 39 24 6/2/2013 Danica Patrick 31 29 9/29/2013 Danica Patrick 28 23 6/1/2014 NASCAR in Delaware · There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware all at Dover International Speedway. Track Name City NSCS Dover International Speedway Dover 89 · Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See which drivers will make up the field for the return trip to Dover RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 1 Jamie McMurray Felix Sabates Keith Rodden 14 Chevrolet McDonald's 2 2 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Paul Wolfe 14 Ford Wurth 3 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Gil Martin 14 Chevrolet Dow 4 4 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Rodney Childers 14 Chevrolet Budweiser 5 5 Kasey Kahne Linda Hendrick Kenny Francis 14 Chevrolet Farmer's Insurance 6 7 Michael Annett Tommy Baldwin Kevin Manion 14 Chevrolet Cypress HQ No. 7 Chevrolet 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Drew Blickensderfer 14 Ford Twisted Tea 8 10 Danica Patrick Tony Stewart Tony Gibson 14 Chevrolet GoDaddy 9 11 Denny Hamlin J D Gibbs Darian Grubb 14 Toyota FedEx Freight 10 13 Casey Mears Bob Germain Bootie Barker III 14 Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 11 14 Tony Stewart Margaret Haas Chad Johnston 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 12 15 Clint Bowyer Rob Kauffman Brian Pattie 14 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 13 16 Greg Biffle Jack Roush Matt Puccia 14 Ford Post-it 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr John Henry Michael Kelley 14 Ford Zest 15 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Dave Rogers 14 Toyota Interstate Batteries 16 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Jason Ratcliff 14 Toyota Home Depot Husky 17 22 Joey Logano Walter Czarnecki Todd Gordon 14 Ford Shell Pennzoil 18 23 Alex Bowman Ron Devine Dave Winston 14 Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota 19 24 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson 14 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 20 26 Cole Whitt Anthony Marlowe Randy Cox 14 Toyota Uponor Toyota 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Slugger Labbe 14 Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards 22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Luke Lambert 14 Chevrolet Quicken Loans "Design A Scheme" 23 32 J J Yeley(i) Frank Stoddard Jr Ben Leslie 14 Ford CorvetteParts.net 24 33 David Stremme Joe Falk Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos 25 34 David Ragan Bob Jenkins Jay Guy 14 Ford PLIMPTON & HILLS 26 36 Reed Sorenson Allan Heinke Todd Parrott 14 Chevrolet American Muscle Driving Experience Chevrolet 27 37 Mike Bliss(i) Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin 14 Chevrolet Accell Construction Inc. 28 38 David Gilliland Brad Jenkins Frank Kerr 14 Ford LONG JOHN SILVER'S 29 40 Landon Cassill(i) Michael Hillman Mark Hillman 14 Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 30 41 Kurt Busch Gene Haas Daniel Knost 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 31 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Chris Heroy 14 Chevrolet Target 32 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Trent Owens 14 Ford Nathan's Famous 33 44 Timmy Hill John Cohen Peter Sospenzo 14 Chevrolet Phoenix Warehouse 34 47 A J Allmendinger Tad Geschickter Brian Burns 14 Chevrolet Hungry Jack / ACME 35 48 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus 14 Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 36 51 Justin Allgaier Harry Scott Jr Steve Addington 14 Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 37 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Billy Scott 14 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 38 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Jay Robinson Scott Eggleston 14 Toyota Land Castle Title 39 78 Martin Truex Jr Barney Visser Todd Berrier 14 Chevrolet Furniture Row 40 83 Ryan Truex Ron Devine Joe Williams 14 Toyota Burger King Toyota 41 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Rick Hendrick Steve Letarte 14 Chevrolet National Guard 42 98 Josh Wise Mike Curb Gene Nead 14 Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 43 99 Carl Edwards Jack Roush James Fennig 14 Ford Fastenal MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Patrick optimistic, believes team can string together top-15s MORE: Danica pours out her purse for Us Weekly RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today For one of NASCAR's highest-profile drivers who is much more accustomed to making headlines and shining in the spotlight, Danica Patrick 's sophomore year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been relatively quiet and workmanlike. At times encouraging, at times frustrating. Consistently inconsistent. Yet Patrick remains enthusiastic and optimistic -- partly because her Stewart-Haas Racing team has proven to be among the best in the garage and partly because she is absolutely certain her stock car education has greatly advanced. Even if the scoring pylon doesn't always reflect the effort. "In general we've been running so much better, qualifying better, running better and just generally being much faster than last year … and I'd say in general, not having the results to show for it,'' Patrick said. "I feel like it's been a much better year, but in terms of getting the most points as possible, we haven't really done that. "We've had a lot of mechanical issues and it seems to happen when we're running well. There've been mistakes, whether it be while running on track or making calls or sometimes the pit stops are slow. I think if we can fire on all cylinders and not make mistakes and have clean weekends, I feel like we're a real solid top-15 car." Patrick spoke to NASCAR.com between practice sessions at Watkins Glen International , a day that started out with a blown engine in the opening practice and would culminate with a crash during the afternoon session due to a mechanical issue (shock failure) -- an extreme example of the rough luck her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet has suffered this year. But at 32, Patrick is experienced enough to know the hard knocks are inevitable, if tough to swallow -- especially when you are under the microscope as she so often is. Her transition to stock cars from IndyCar has naturally come with great interest and great scrutiny. But this is a no-excuses, highly driven racer who nearly won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2005, and earned worldwide accolades again in NASCAR when she won the Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award as a rookie in 2013 -- the first woman in the sport's history to do so. Patrick , however, is not the kind of person to rest on past accomplishment and has methodically worked toward a realistic set of goals: top-20s as a rookie, top-15s this season. But the patient approach aside, Patrick is at heart a competitor and says it's "go time." "I think you get more frustrated for sure, because you're waiting for it to turn and if it hasn't, you're getting frustrated that things aren't going your way," Patrick said. "But the positive side is that the hope is there and the speed is there when everything meets in the middle. "I think the team (has) … great drivers, so more help. I feel like I'm learning for that reason. It doesn't feel like I'm treated any different from the outside, but I really always thought people were relatively fair from the beginning anyway. Yes, people are watching a lot and everybody has opinions for sure, but I expect that I suppose." And Patrick has given them reason to believe in her. She led laps at both Daytona and Talladega. And with a third of the season still to go, Patrick has two top-10s -- twice that of last year. Her eighth-place finish in July's Coke Zero 400 equaled her career best finish at Daytona International Speedway. Her seventh-place at Kansas in May is what she considers her best race weekend from roll-out to load-up. "I think the cars themselves have been just better when they arrive at the track from beginning of the year but especially since the middle of the year,'' Patrick explained. "That's what happened at Kansas, that was the first full new car we got and I finished seventh and we had great night, great weekend. That was the start of those better cars and we've been running and qualifying much better since then. "From the end of last year, we learned that working more methodically through the weekend versus making huge and many changes throughout the practices has also helped us make what we have the best it can be. "That's a challenge in and of itself. I don't think you're going to move mountains with a spring change, so what you've got to do is maximize what you've got … it's more about just optimizing the car itself." Outside the car, Patrick says she couldn't be happier. That's evident to her NASCAR-best million-plus Twitter followers who regularly see photos of her life with boyfriend -- fellow Sprint Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- and their puppy, Dallas. She won the Food Network reality competition show "Chopped" one year ago and earned USA Today's "Best Dressed" award as a presenter at the recent ESPY Awards. Beyond that, Patrick says she is also still committed to working on her fledging golf game, something introduced to her by Stenhouse. "I feel like golf might be a little bit like racing where you spend a lot of the time mad and frustrated and say, 'I love it, let's do it again,'" Patrick said with a laugh. "I'd like to see the results come through for the speed of the car and for me. It would be nice to qualify well and run well, to have good pit stops, good restarts and just a solid string of top-15 finishes. "And I believe we can." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Danica Patrick hits the tire barrier in final practice at Watkins Glen International.
Clint Bowyer dares Danica Patrick to photo bomb his pre-race interview with TNT, but didn't think she would actually do it.