Event: Monster Energy Open (non-points event)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 50 laps, broken into three segments (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
Start/Finish: 9th/5th (Running, completed 50 of 50 laps)
Winner: Stage 1: Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2: Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)
Stage 3: Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Recap (Ended on lap 20):
- Danica Patrick started ninth and finished 10th.
- The No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford Fusion team dropped back to 12th at the start of Stage 1 as Patrick battled with a loose-handling racecar, but she was able to work her way back up to the 10th position by the end of the stage.
- At the end of the stage the team pitted for tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
Stage 2 Recap (Ended on lap 40):
- Patrick started sixth and finished seventh.
- At the end of the stage Patrick radioed to the team that the No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford was “wicked loose in.”
- The team changed tires and added fuel between stages.
Final Stage Recap (Ended on lap 50):
- Patrick started sixth and finished fifth.
- Patrick took the green flag in the sixth position, but the caution flag waved before the field made it to turn two for a spin by the No. 34 car. When the field went back to green, Patrick lined up in the fourth position.
- She lost one spot on the opening lap but maintained the fifth position for the duration of the final stage.
- As Patrick did not win a stage or the fan vote, she did not advance to the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
- Patrick’s fifth-place finish marked her career-best effort into the Monster Energy Open. Her previous top finish in the event was ninth.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“The car was just way too loose throughout the race. Nothing seemed to help much at all. I wish we were racing in the All-Star Race tonight, but at least we were more competitive in the Open this year and learned some things for next weekend.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 28 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The event starts at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.