Right there at her average finish. Danica has been pretty consistent finishing in that 25-29 area. And the arithmetic mean of her placements have been 27. Danica Patrick, who started 31st, battled through a tight-handling condition early in the race. That problem caused her to drop as low as 38th in the running order. (There are only 43 cars in each race)
Her feedback and her team’s adjustments at each pit stop helped improve the handling of the GoDaddy Chevrolet somewhat, but it was still another terrible outing for Danica Patrick and the team.
“It was just a frustrating day,” said Patrick, who made her 39th Sprint Cup start and her third at Dover. “We just couldn’t get a handle on the GoDaddy Chevy today. It was too tight from the start, and that put us behind early.
It wasn’t for a lack of effort by Tony Gibson and the guys because they adjusted on the car all day. It would get better there in the middle of the race, but when it was in traffic, it would be just as tight as it was at the start of the race. It’s disappointing, but we’ll move on.”
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