May 10, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick during the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Danica Patrick posts career-best Sprint Cup finish in Kansas

Danica Patrick had a strong showing at the 5-Hour Energy 400 on Saturday, finishing seventh and posting the best Sprint Cup finish of her NASCAR career.

Patrick’s finish was the third best ever by a woman in a NASCAR race, trailing Sarah Christian’s fifth in 1949 at Heidelberg Raceway and Janet Guthrie’s sixth at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1977.

Car owner and teammate Tony Stewart embraced Patrick, while crew chief Tony Gibson gave her a playful “Chicks rule, huh?” while she was being interviewed following the race. It was a banner day for the No. 10 Chevrolet.

“I’ve always believed in myself and with the right situation, a good car, that I can do it,” Patrick said in an AP interview. “It’s little moments when you drive by Jimmie Johnson on the outside, stuff like that makes me really proud of myself and little moments like that give me more confidence.”

Danica started ninth and stayed in a top 10 position for a good portion of the race. At one point she moved into the third position, passing Denny Hamlin, Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Patrick now sits 27th in the Sprint Cup standings, moving up two spots, and now 181 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.


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  • Smas Mot

    So, she still lost, right?

    • David Mclaughlin

      If the seventh place finisher was a man there wouldn’t be an article about it, it’s sexism. And if a woman wants to be equal than Danica should be upset that this article exists.

      • Michael Collins

        David, it’s not sexism. Many sites and networks covered the story. She a person of interest in NASCAR and people who both like and dislike her take note of her finishes.

        • David Mclaughlin

          People take note of where Clint boyer finishes but if he finishes seventh he doesn’t get a full article about it