Early crash put her two laps down.
Danica Patrick rallied from an early accident to finish a respectable 18th in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), came back from two laps down to score her seventh top-18 finish of 2014.
Her day started rough with a spin in turn two on lap 26, and she was hit in the front left portion of her car by Justin Allgaier’s machine. She sustained cosmetic damage to the GoDaddy car that required three pits stop for the crew to work on repairs.
She returned to the track in 36th place, and it appeared a long day was ahead of her as she lost two laps over the next 130 circuits. But she soon got one of those laps back during pit stop cycles and then was awarded the “Lucky Dog” spot when she was the first car a lap down on lap 179. From there she raced to 18th.
“To come back from the accident and being two laps down to finishing 18th, I’ll take it,” Patrick said. “It was a good job by the GoDaddy crew to fix the damage, and we ran well to get back up to 18th. It was a tough day, but I’m happy with where we finished.”