She was smooth, didnt make mistakes, & I believe would have had a top 5-7 finish if not for the guy that was acting like a reckless screwball. I am talking about Austin Dillon. That guy was making mistakes all over the place, even to the point Danica was talking about how he was all over the place. LOL.
The sad part was I was agreeing with her.
Then when he made his bonehead move trying to pass three wide way to late going into the corner & he slid up with no speed in front of Danica (who was 6th at the time) causing her to go all the way back to 15th or 16th, where she drove back up to 13th before a caution. Causing the team to pit for tires knocking her back to 19th.
All day she was passed by the faster cars without her being a hindrance & she was passing cars all day like she knew what she was doing. I bring this up because earlier in the season she was only consistent when by herself. She would make mistakes in traffic. Today she was near perfect.
Then as a bonus she made a Ryan Newman style restart on the GWC, stealing a couple more positions for a top 10. & was side by side with Brad almost snaking 9th from him.
I know a 10th isnt the greatest finish to be excited about, but I think this has been the best race she has had to date. She wasnt just riding around to not make mistakes. She was racing & she raced all day with no bonehead moves.
I will go as far as to say of all the Championship contenders, she outdrove all of them today except for Stenhouse. Dillon was a dumba$$ all day long today & Sadler wrecked himself today.
I really thought she would struggle on the flat track, but she proved me wrong.
HeII she only had one cussing tirade & that was during the red flag. She was cussing up a storm about the 99 driver. her spotter said what do you expect? Just look at his last name (I dont knoww who the spotter thought was in the car) Danica started with some more 4 letter words, when I think it was the CC said hey it is just a 19 yr old kid. the spotter then said oh I thought it was someone else. the 99 spotter told them he was pulling up to her at the red to apologize. he got loose under her & didnt mean to get into her. In the end I guess all was forgiven.
Before people dare to say I have rose colored glasses on. I am not close to being a danica fan LOL, but it was nice to see her acting like a race car driver, & not a hollywood diva driver. I always hope some of these female drivers have a good showing. I just dont make excuses when they dont. She worked traffic well today & I think would have had a chance for a top 5 if not for bonehead.
So kudos for the girl!