Danica Patrick hoped to "coast" to a better finish on Saturday, but settled for 10th instead.
When a late-race caution extended the event by six laps, the game plan changed. No longer would her team's initial fuel-mileage strategy play out after Scott Lagasse Jr. and Hal Martin made contact in Turn 2 with two laps remaining in the advertised distance of the Kansas Lottery 300.
Crew chief Ryan Pemberton elected to top off the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet for fuel -- along with Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler -- expecting the other 14 drivers on the lead lap could not go the distance. However, Patrick was snookered on the final restart.
She rolled off 15th behind Dillon and Sadler with two laps to decide the Kansas Lottery 300 when the race went green on Lap 205. Yet through the confusion of cars running out of fuel, drivers ducking onto pit road for gas and others just dashing for the finish, Patrick held on for her third top-10 finish of the season.
"We had a really good day," Patr...