Danica fights 'loose' car

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

BROOKLYN, Mich. — If nothing else, Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Nationwide series career has been consistent.

On Saturday, Patrick finished 27th in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet after starting 33rd in the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

It was her fifth finish of 25th or worse and she blamed it on a loose car that she couldn’t get fixed during the race.

“It’s a shame,” she said. “The Hot Wheels car was good all weekend and I really wanted to do well.”

Lap times

To her credit, Patrick had been recording lap times in the top 20 for most of the weekend, only to slip to 33rd during qualifying on Saturday morning.

“It had been going well,” she said. “We were in the top 20 all weekend in practice. In qualifying we had a little bit of a loose moment and fell back.”

Patrick said by the time she finally found her rhythm on the two-mile oval the race was half over and she was four laps down to eventual winner Brad Keselowski’s No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge Challenger.

“I think by the end of the race we were kind of running those kind (top 20) laps but we were just so loose to start with that we weren’t able to stay up there,” Patrick said. “Unfortunately it’s sort of the way it’s been for me this year.”

Took lead

Keselowski took his No. 22 Dodge to the front on the race’s final re-start with just eight laps to go.

Once in the lead, he pretty much pulled away from the pack behind him.

Carl Edwards finished second in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, beating Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota Camry by a fender at the finish line. Justin Allgaier was fourth in the No. 12 Penske Dodge, with Paul Menard rounding out the top five in the No. 98 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.


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