Ricky Vs. Danica: Charlotte - Who's On Top This Week?
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the Stenica motorhome late Sunday night.
On Lap 319 of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was on the bottom of the track in Turn 3, with his girlfriend and fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidate Danica Patrick in the middle lane and Brad Keselowski up top.
Suddenly, Stenhouse went up the track slightly, hitting Patrick, who in turn hit Keselowski. Patrick, who was in the top 20 and fighting to get into position to get the Lucky Dog and get back on the lead lap, had hard contact.
Instead of enjoying one of her best races of the year, she suffered heavy damage and finished 29th.
It was Patrick’s sixth consecutive finish of 25th or worse and her 10th in 12 points races this year.
Stenhouse, meanwhile, sped away unscathed and finished 14th.
This was the second time this year that Stenhouse triggered a crash that took his main squeeze out of the race, the other occurring at Talladega earlier this month.
So while technically, Stenhouse came out of Charlotte on top again this week, we have a feeling that whatever Danica serves up in the motorhome next week, may just be served over ice. Is it just us, or did it suddenly get real, real cold in here?
Scoreboard after 12 races:
Ricky — 17th in points, 0 top fives or top 10s, best finish of 11th.
Danica — 30th in points, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, best finish of 8th.
Better race finish — Ricky 9-3 over Danica.
UPDATE: 5:00p - Friday, May 31st
We caught up with the lovebirds today and it seems as if everything has smoothed over since the wreck at Charlotte. Danica admitted she was "a little upset" after the incident, but the two made up on the ride home.
"At the end of the day, he probably could have gotten out of it because he was a couple laps down,” Danica said. "But I get it, we’re always racing hard and he still made something of his day from a couple laps down."
Perhaps Ricky took her to Dairy Queen for an ice cream cone? That usually fixes everything.