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Is Danica Patrick Finally Becoming a Legitimate NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver?

When Danica Patrick won the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500 and went on to finish eighth in the race itself, she had no idea when her next top-10 finish would occur. But she certainly didn't think it would take more than a year and another 46 Sprint Cup starts. That is indeed how long it took, however, with Patrick finally earning another via her career-best seventh-place effort last Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Considering that a week earlier she brought the crowd to its feet by leading six laps during the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway (before ultimately finishing 22nd), it was a moment worth marking. It's called progress, and it's the first openly visible hint of it that Patrick has displayed in quite some...

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