Danica Patrick shocks the world

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 10: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during a restart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS – MAY 10: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during a restart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

When you’re an athlete and your name is trending on Twitter, either something very bad has happened or something very good. For Danica Patrick it was the latter Saturday night during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Kansas Speedway.

The weekend started out well for the second year driver at Stewart-Haas Racing .Friday Patrick qualified ninth, her best qualifying effort at a non-restrictor plate track.   Saturday night continued the trend as Patrick made her way into the top 10 before the halfway point. She never lost touch with the leaders and in the final stages, Patrick began to make aggressive moves towards the front. On a restart on lap 161, she was in fifth.

On lap 172 however the big move of her night came when Patrick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. and her boss Tony Stewart in one swoop to take over the third spot. Suddenly the Twitter universe lit up as “Danica Patrick” began to trend and many wondered if she could close the deal.  MORE>>>

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