Danica Patrick finishes the race this time, no crashing

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Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, had the best finish of any member of the SHR team in Las Vegas yesterday. It was the first race on this young season that Danica completed. No wrecking this weekend! No crashes!

Danica Patrick has Go Daddy as her primary sponsor. On October 18th she announced during a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway her new secondary sponsor, Aspen Dental. She drove it for the first time in Las Vegas; starting 22nd and finishing 21st. Brad Keselowski won.

Here’s a shot of the Aspen Dental #10

Patrick fell to 30th in the early portion of the race and went a lap down (“one lap Downica”), but she fought her way to a respectable 21st-place result. 21st doesn’t sound exciting, but it compared to her 36th and 40th place finishes the first two weeks.

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Danica Patrick will drive the No. 10 Aspen Dental again on Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Obviously you always want more, but I’m happy with it, especially after what we’ve gone through the last two weeks,” Patrick said. “It’s a good day and gives us something to build on going to Bristol.”

Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An MBA and Fulbright scholar, he’s also a frequent analyst on news talk radio; with regular segments on ESPN,NBCCBS and Fox. A former NBC Chicago and Washington Times writer, he’s also been featured on the History Channel. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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