Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), wrecked on the first lap of the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Patrick finished in the 43rd and last spot.
“I knew that, going into the race based on practice and everything we’ve seen from practice in Cup to the Nationwide race, losing grip was going to be not that hard to do,” Patrick said in a team press release. “And so – I said that before the race even – I said make sure that we’re on top of who is on my door and who is behind me. And I knew all that was going to be happening on the start. And I had enough momentum to go to the middle because I got a run on the car in front of me but I had to wait past the start-finish line. I lifted going into turn one and all I can say is that, you know, I didn’t try and do anything. I just found myself sideways in the middle of the corner and that was it.
“It’s just a shame because it always seems to be the case (on) those weekends when things start to be going better and I’ve had lots of people say, ‘You looked good in practice yesterday,’ and felt a lot better and (crew chief, Tony) Gibson did a great job and the crew did a good job. And I have an awesome pit road crew. I knew we were going to have a good day there. Things just go wrong. And days when you’re not fast, it seems like those aren’t the days that you get the bad luck. I don’t know. If I did something wrong, I apologize to everybody on my team and GoDaddy. It’s a shame.”
Kevin Harvick, who started from the pole, won the Hollywood Casino 400 to claim his third NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the season and move into third place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Harvick is 25 points behind Matt Kenseth, who has a slim three-point lead over Jimmie Johnson.
Kurt Busch finished second and Jeff Gordon crossed the finish line in third. Chase drivers Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Johnson ran third through sixth. Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-10 drivers.
“To sit on the pole and win the race is obviously a great weekend, " Harvick said in the media center after the race. “We'll just keep having fun and keep doing what we're doing.” Harvick will move from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season.
The Sprint Cup drivers will stay close to home next weekend when the series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night.