Patrick scores first top-10 finish in 77 races


By Dominic Aragon
June 4, 2017

Danica Patrick’s 10th-place effort in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday resulted in her first top-10 finish in NASCAR’s premiere series in over two years.

Patrick, who restarted 15th in overtime, avoided collision in the 10-car accident on the backstretch with two laps to go, securing her first top-10 finish since a ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in April of 2015.

“A good day for us,” Patrick said post-race. “We got a bit lucky with staying out at the right time and catching the yellow flags.

“It’s the stuff that hasn’t been happening for us all year and it’s just nice to catch some breaks today. We weren’t the fastest car today, not sure we were a top-10 car. A lot of times we have been a 10th-place car and weren’t able to get the finish we needed.”

Patrick’s day included bringing out a caution for a spin in Turn 4 during the second stage of the race, and falling on-and-off the lead lap during the race.

Patrick was one of 10 drivers who had yet to pit during a cycle of green flag pit stops during the third stage. Patrick was scored on the same lap as the leader at the time of caution on lap 330.

“I’ll take the lucky days anytime I can because there has been plenty of times where it went the other way,” Patrick said.

Prior to Sunday, Patrick’s best finish this season was a 17th at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

The 77-race streak is the longest between top-10 finishes for Patrick, who has finished 10th or better seven times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is unofficially 30th in driver’s standings entering next weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway.

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