Danica Patrick broke a record after placing ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway last Sunday night, Yahoo Sports reported.
The race at Bristol was Danica Patrick’s sixth top-ten finish of her career in the Sprint Cup Series. Patrick’s finish at Bristol also breaks a tie with Janet Guthrie for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in NASCAR.
Patrick said something about getting another top-ten finish and breaking her tie with Guthrie.
“I’m always proud opt them – they’re not easy to get and by no means was it easy for Janet to get them… It does mean something for sure… It’s an honor and we hope we get a heck of a lot more of them.”
Patrick’s finish was her sixth top-ten finish in 90 Sprint Cup Series starts, ESPN reported. It was also Patrick’s second top-ten finish in her last three races. In March, Patrick finished in seventh place at Martinsville.
Patrick hit the wall and fell a lap behind twice. Patrick was able to get the lap back later when the caution came out.
Patrick elaborated on her race over the weekend.
“It was a struggle over the weekend, but by all means, you take these weekends because I tell you what, you have great weekends and you’re running well and either you make a mistake, somebody else take you out or something breaks and steals you of a great finish… You’ve got to take these that come a little easier in some ways. But I promise you, it wasn’t easy out there.”
Patrick had a difficult run in Sunday’s race in Bristol. Though she remained in the top-twenty for much of the race, Patrick found herself in the midst of multiple crashes, as she found herself in last month, the Inquisitr reported. Patrick made her way up to the front of the line up, ending in ninth place in the race which Matt Kenseth was victorious in.
Patrick explained her finish in Bristol.
“I didn’t think this day was ever going to end… I’m proud of everybody for keeping their heads up and staying positive and these are the things that happen when you work together as a team… We had some luck on our side and I really feel like that positivity feeds into getting some luck and being at the right place at the right time… We came out of here with a top-ten.”
The race was plagued with multiple rain delays. The race ended nine and a half hours after it was originally scheduled to begin.
Patrick has been improving in the past month. Though she has been improving, Patrick still did not expect to do as well as she did over the weekend.
Patrick talked about how she finished on Sunday.
“I got to tell you, I did not think… I was hoping for a top-twenty after our weekend. We were like thirty-something in practice. Lucked out in qualifying and got twenty-sixth which, like I said, lucked out. It was a struggle of a weekend, but by all means you take these weekends because they tell you what you have a great weekends and you are running well and something happens.”
Danica Patrick has faced adversity since beginning her career in racing. Patrick has gone on to become the female face of racing to many fans and one of the greatest female racers in history.