Danica Patrick on her Texas run: ‘That’s not the finish we wanted’
It was an up-and-down night at Texas Motor Speedway for Danica Patrick, who drove her No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to a 21st-place finish in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500.
In the process, she moved up two positions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, where she is now 24th after seven of 36 points races on the 2016 schedule.
Patrick started 26th Saturday night. The race was delayed by nearly two hours because of showers earlier in the day. That meant the racing surface was much different than it was during practice on Thursday and Friday, which in turn led to crew chief Billy Scott having to tweak the setup throughout the race.
By the halfway mark of the race — Lap 167 of 334 — Patrick had worked here way up to 20th in the 40-car field.
Scott tried to use strategy during the final two runs of the race, but Patrick got caught out by a caution flag on Lap 278, three laps after she had pitted.
Patrick then took the wave-around and restarted 25th at Lap 284. She gained four spots in the final 50 laps to finish 21st.
"That’s not the finish we wanted," Patrick said. "We struggled a bit early in the race, but Billy and the guys did a great job of making changes that definitely helped make the car better in the second half."