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The pressure to improve is building because Patrick plans to move up to the Sprint Cup Series next year.

“I think there has been a general amount of frustration,” she said. “We both have said we have higher expectations over time. We definitely haven’t had the results to show for that as far as the finishes go.”

She said she’s disappointed her “competitive” practices haven’t carried over to races.

“That’s what creates those expectations,” she said. “(Tony) is competitive and he wants to do well and so do I. Getting frustrated is not the way to do it. I don’t think you’re going to see too much more of that frustration that’s been going on for a while. That’s a result of talking through things and getting a new game plan and attitude.”


ANNETT HELPS IN SEARCH: Iowa native Michael Annett is joining two Sprint Cup drivers in getting the word out about two cousins missing for nearly three weeks.

The No. 43 Ford Annett will drive in the Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday night will feature a picture of 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and include a phone number for the National Missing Children hotline.

Lyric and Elizabeth disappeared July 13 while riding their bikes in Evansdale, Iowa.

Annett grew up in Des Moines and played junior hockey in Waterloo, which is near Evansdale.

“We’re so fortunate to do what we do week in and week out, and we need to give back,” Annett said. “There is so much opportunity _ with how many thousands of fans will be here tomorrow night and the millions of people watching at home _ to get information out and try to do something for this horrible situation and get the best outcome.”

Cedar Rapids native Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil will drive cars featuring photos of the girls at the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.


WALLACE NOT SATISFIED: A lot of drivers would be happy with a top-10 finish in their first Nationwide Series race. Not Darrell Wallace Jr.

Wallace qualified eighth and came in ninth at Iowa Speedway in May. His second Nationwide start comes Saturday on the same track.

“That top-10 felt like a top-20 for me,” Wallace said. “I wasn’t happy with it. It was a good run for the team and myself. We’ll take it and move on.”

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