Danica Patrick avoided the drama and crashes to salvage a 10th-place finish in the Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.
For Patrick, it was a career-high finish on the one-mile track and her 10th top-10 showing of the season.
Patrick, who qualified 14th earlier in the day, complained of her brakes vibrating in the early laps. Although she dropped to 16th in the first circuit, the first of 10 cautions on Lap 2 immediately slowed the pace. By Lap 10, Patrick felt "the car coming to her" and 10 laps later she was battling veteran Mike Bliss for position.
Spotter Tab Boyd reminded Patrick to "stay cool."
"I know he's hard-headed," Boyd added as she made the pass. "Even though that guy held us up, the leader isn't that far gone."
By the second caution on Lap 31, Patrick reported the car was "a little bit bouncy and loose starting off. ... Now I feel just a tiny bit tight getting into the bottom. What's up with this brake situation? They're vibrating, ...