Danica Patrick earns career best finish at Atlanta

Danica Patrick finished a career best 6th Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick finished a career best 6th Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick finished a career best 6th Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Getty Images)

Danica Patrick finally had a race she could smile about.  Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway Patrick came home with her third top 10 finish of the season; a career best 6th.  On a final restart Patrick restarted 4th but couldn’t press the issue for a win.  Instead, she held on through a chaotic final two laps to earn the respectable finish.

Patrick started 27th and fell a lap down at one point.  Her Stewart-Haas Racing crew led by Tony Gibson worked on the No. 10 Chevy making adjustments that combined with good strategy got Patrick back on the lead lap and inside the top 10. It made for a tough race in the late summer heat however.

“It was a long night,” Patrick said. “Man, that race felt like it was 700 miles. MORE>>>

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