Patrick has chance to make NASCAR history

By Dominic Aragon
February 18, 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—A victory in the 2018 Daytona 500 would make Danica Patrick the third driver in the history of NASCAR’s premier series to win in their final career start.

Patrick will start 28th Sunday in the Daytona 500, her 191st start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, wrapping up a career in the sport spanning since 2010.

“Not only is it the biggest race of the year, it’s wide open from a performance standpoint,” Patrick said to the media earlier in the week. “It’s exciting. Anything can happen.”

According to research across two racing databases, Marvin Burke and Chuck Stevenson are the only drivers to win in their final MENCS race.

Burke became the first driver to do so, winning in his lone start at Oakland Stadium in Oakland, California in October of 1951.

Stevenson won his only race in his second and final series start at Willow Springs Speedway in Lancaster, California in November of 1955.

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Patrick has seven top-10 finishes in NASCAR’s top series, with a best finish of sixth place at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

In six prior Daytona 500 starts, Patrick won the pole for the 2013 race and finished a high of eighth the same year.

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