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Danica Patrick: Can She Better Her Record Finish at Las Vegas for Her Friend?

It was a year ago that Danica Patrick finished fourth at Las Vegas with her No. 7 Nationwide Chevrolet. It was a record finish, and now she returns to the track where her friend and open-wheel driver, Dan Wheldon, lost his life last fall. Patrick became the first woman to finish that high in any NASCAR national series event. This weekend, she makes her return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is a track she looks forward to racing on, but the driver will be making laps with a heavy heart. The intermediate 1.5-mile tracks with banking are the best tracks for Patrick to hone her stock car racing skills on, because they give her a wider berth to find a racing groove and they are fast. The first full-time season in the ...

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