Danica Patrick Heads Into Familiar Territory At Daytona

By Christy Valdez
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

After making some of her first appearances at some of the tracks on the NASCAR schedule, Danica Patrick heads back into familiar territory and with a chance to repeat past success.

With 17 races now under her belt in her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie season, Patrick prepares to start the second half of the year at a track that she is very familiar with and has given her some of her best results. Daytona International Speedway has been very nice to Patrick throughout her NASCAR career, achieving many historic milestones as well as career best statistics. Going into the Coke Zero 400, Patrick should be feeling very good about herself.

At Daytona, Patrick has been able to accomplish plenty. During her last Cup Series start at the 2.5 mile racetrack, Patrick made history when she won the pole for the season opener, the Daytona 500. Not only did she capture the pole for one of the most prestigious races on the NASCAR circuit but she captured an eighth-place finish not only her best finish of the year but a career best in the Cup Series.

During the season opener at Daytona, Patrick also secured her spot in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited, which will be held at Daytona during Speedweeks.

Patrick also captured her first NASCAR pole award when she won the pole for the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona in the 2012 season.

Heading into the race weekend at Daytona, Patrick should be able to perform well at the track she has been competitive at and one that has given her much of her success in NASCAR. Going to Daytona once again should give her some confidence after all she has accomplished there and will give her another opportunity at a good finish in her first full Cup Series season.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter at @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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