Still, she’s beating herself up a little bit after fading on the final lap.
“I would imagine pretty much anyone would be kicking themselves about what they coulda, shoulda have done to give themselves an opportunity to win,” she said. “There was uncertainty on how to accomplish that.”
Patrick led three times for a total of five laps, and she ran in the top 10 most of the day. It wasn’t that strenuous, either, giving her a time to chat on the radio with her crew chief and spotter, picking their brains on strategy at the end of the race.
“How am I gonna do this?” Patrick recalled thinking. “I didn’t know what to do exactly. Maybe that’s just my inexperience. Maybe it was not me thinking hard enough. I’m not sure. I was a little bit uncertain how to do that.”
Before Sunday, Janet Guthrie was the highest-finishing woman in the 500. She was 11th in 1980.
_ Paul Newberry _ http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963
JIMMIE THE SALESMAN: Jimmie Johnson is a heck of a driver.
He’s not a bad salesman, either.
“Spring’s coming,” the five-time Cup champion said. “Go buy some stuff.”
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