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Danica Patrick - Hollywood Casino 400 Race Report
Event: Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 32 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 40th/32nd (Accident, completed 154 of 267 laps)
Winner: Matt Kenseth of Roush Fenway Racing (Ford)
Danica Patrick finished 32nd in the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Patrick, who drives the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing via a collaborative agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing, was involved in an accident with Landon Cassill on lap 154. Her car was damaged too extensively to continue.
“I have just been really frustrated with the No. 83 (Landon Cassill),” said Patrick, who started 40th but twice managed to crack the top-20. “He slammed into me on the front straight for no other reason than his radio communication, ‘She was in the way.’ I’ve always played fair.
“If it’s one time, I can imagine it’s frustration, but it’s been quite a few times with him. At some point, I have to stand up for myself so this doesn’t happen with other people. I chose today. The bummer about it is that my car is out, and he kept going, so I’ve got to work on how to do that.”
Before the accident, Patrick was having one of her best races of the season. She ran has high as 15th on lap 124. Throughout the race, she and race strategist Greg Zipadelli worked on the handling of her GoDaddy.com Chevrolet while spotter Tab Boyd offered tips on navigating traffic on the newly-paved 1.5-mile oval.
“The GoDaddy crew and Zippy (Greg Zipadelli) gave me a really good car today,” Patrick said. “I know we struggled in practice, but we made a lot of progress here today and were making the car better.”
Matt Kenseth won the Hollywood Casino 400 to score his 24th career Sprint Cup victory, his third of the season and his first at Kansas.
Martin Truex Jr. finished .495 of a second behind Kenseth in the runner-up spot, while Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five. Clint Bowyer, Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were a race-record 14 caution periods for 66 laps, with 16 drivers failing to finish the 267-lap race.
The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule – the seventh race of the 10-race Chase – is the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The race begins at 2 p.m. EDT, with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with a pre-race show at 1 p.m.
Patrick, who is running only a 10-race Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2012, will next drive in NASCAR’s top division in the AAA 500 on Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.