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NASCAR: it’s competitive Cup ride or nothing for Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Danica Patrick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

With Danica Patrick out of her ride behind the wheel of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season, her future as a NASCAR driver is uncertain. One thing the polarizing driver has made certain, though, is that, if she remains in NASCAR, it’s Cup or nothing.

“If I don’t do Cup, I don’t think I’ll do anything because my only goal is to win in Cup,” Patrick said during a recent interview on SiriusXM NASCAR. “My goal is to be one of the only drivers to win in Cup and NASCAR. So, that’s attained through winning in the Cup Series. That’s my goal.”

Patrick also has said that she’d only consider competitive Cup Series rides. With NASCAR “silly season” in full swing, an extremely limited number of competitive rides remain open for 2018, with the most competitive ride still not officially taken for 2018, perhaps, being the No. 27 Chevrolet at Richard Childress Racing vacated by Paul Menard at 2017 season’s end.

Patrick has been criticized throughout her Cup career for a lack of stellar results with one of NASCAR’s premier programs. Her career stats lack a top-five finish and only includes seven top-10s, one of those coming in 2017. Her career-best finish was a sixth-place showing at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Patrick does have stats, though, that put her at the top among women who have competed in NASCAR’s premier series, including the 2013 Daytona 500 pole and 182 series starts, most of any woman in the series.

“The one that will stand out is qualifying on the pole for the Daytona 500 as the media results of that were something like winning the fourth biggest race of the year, even though it’s just for qualifying,” Patrick pointed at as her biggest NASCAR accomplishment when discussing her career during her media availability Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. “That one will be the biggest one that will stand out. There have been lots of little races along the way that I have felt have been much more difficult and much more representative of the hard work that I’ve put into the sport. But those don’t stand out, because those weren’t wins or top-fives. But top-10s and things like that and some runs that I’ve had have meant more to me. I definitely think pulling back a little further than individual events is the inspiration that you’ve been told you bring to people, especially to kids; that’s a role that you can’t buy your way into. You have to earn that. You just can’t stumble onto that, especially having been around a long time now. That’s probably the most meaningful.”

Patrick hasn’t completely ruled out a return to IndyCar, but she says such a move is unlikely.

“I’m not planning on anything, going back to IndyCar,” Patrick said. “Never say never as I’ve said for many years, because I’m getting so old and I know things can change. My life changes in ways that I wouldn’t expect it every couple of years. You just can’t cross off anything on the list completely.”

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