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Nascar: Danica Patrick ready to take on Las Vegas at Kobalt 400

Danica Patrick is shaking off a bad start to the 2014 Nascar season.
Danica Patrick is shaking off a bad start to the 2014 Nascar season.
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Danica Patrick needs to do better in Las Vegas. She is ready to take on her next race in Las Vegas on Sunday, and she is hoping for a better performance. On March 6, Sporting News shared the latest comments made by Patrick about this weekend's race and her performance so far this 2014 Nascar season. During the first two races of the season, at Daytona and Phoenix, she wrecked twice and car damage played a huge factor in her finish placement. She placed 36 at the Phoenix.

Danica is definitely trying to shake off the bad luck and show that she can perform well. On Thursday, she spent four hours on the test track working the kinks out with her car. She also went to her Twitter to thank her fans for helping her pick out her racing suit on Thursday too. Her performance in the last two races has been 'disappointing' for her, but she needs to focus on the races ahead. With her new comments, it appears she is doing that. She said the following, according to Sporting News:

I'm never going to complain about more track time. It's helpful for me, it's helpful for Tony Gibson, it's helpful for the engineers and the entire team. Hopefully we can learn a few things and have a good car for qualifying and the race. We still need to improve on qualifying and that's going to be a big focus for us.

The Las Vegas track has been good to Patrick in the past. Back in 2011, she came in fourth pace in a Nationwide race. This has been the best performance by a female in a Nascar series race. Patrick needs to do well in Sunday's race, or she could be out of the competition. She is currently ranked at 41 in owner's points, and starting with next weekend's race points will decide who is in and who isn't.

According to Tony Gibson, Patrick went in 'pumped' for the Phoenix, but bad luck on the track took her down. He made it clear that the team is still focusing on the positive. Patrick needs to avoid wrecks or other car issues to stay in the race. Gibson teased that SHR cars are 'better' and 'faster' this year. He also said that Patrick is more 'competitive' this season too. She just needs a bit of good luck.

What do you think? Will Patrick turn around her luck and perform better this weekend?

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