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Danica Patrick’s Finish at Martinsville Shows She’s Turning the Corner in NASCAR

Maybe the holdout non-believers will finally start having some faith in Danica Patrick. Patrick’s seventh-place finish in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway tied her second-best career Sprint Cup performance (seventh at Kansas last spring). What’s more, she climbed the most positions of any driver in the Sprint Cup Series after Sunday’s race, vaulting from 23rd into a tie for 16th with Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards. After six races in the 2015 season, Patrick has now left three of those races ranked inside the Top 20. And tied for 16th equals her second-best post-race place in the standings—other than for the one week when she ranked seventh in the points after finishing eighth in the 2013 season-opening ...

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