Danica Patrick finishes 27th at Texas; so at least she’s very consistent

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Danica Patrick is definitely the most well known 27th placed racecar driver you’ll ever find. Last year, her first doing the top flight of NASCAR, saw her finish pretty consistent. Sprint Cup standings, average finish, mean, median and mode of placing…all in the 26-27 range for Danica Patrick. So tonight’s finish at Texas was right in her wheelhouse.

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Danica Patrick started 24th and early on dealt with a car that was tough to handle. Throughout the race, crew chief Tony Gibson made a series of changes – adjusting track bar, wedge, tire pressure and shocks and removing a spring rubber in the left-rear spring –to help improve the handling of the racecar.

The changes made the car better throughout the afternoon, but Danica Patrick fell two laps behind the leaders. She’s now 29th in the current points standings.

“We definitely made the (car) better throughout the race for sure, but the track changed a lot today with the weather, and I think that really hurt us,” said Danica Patrick, who made her 53rd career Sprint Cup start and her fourth at Texas.

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“It was disappointing, because we had a fast racecar today; but we did make the right adjustments, and the pit crew did a nice job in the pits all day.”

Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also a frequent guest on national talk radio. Banks is a former contributor to NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, who’s been featured on the History Channel. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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