LAS VEGAS – A week after a difficult race in Fontana, Calif., Danica Patrick is in Las Vegas for her third career NASCAR start.
Will she hit the jackpot in her final start before going back to the IndyCar Series? Follow the action below.
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RESTART - Lap 13: Danica is on the outside at the start. So far today, the outside line has been stronger so this should help her.
Radio chatter on Lap 12: Danica: "There's a lot of oil dry out here." | Eury replies it will be dusty for a while
Radio chatter on Lap 8: Danica asks: "Did (Bires) hit the wall, blow up or both?" | Eury: "Both"
Radio chatter on Lap 6: Patrick: "Car wasnt too bad. Maybe a little hesitant on the rear." Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. tells her to leave her fans off. He might decide to tape up the grill after the next stop. Eury says, "You done a nice job there."
Lap 6: Danica's teammate, Kelly Bires hits the wall in Turn 2 (was running 11th before the crash). Danica running 30th.
Lap 2: Danica up to 32nd (two positions gained)
Lap 1: Danica Patrick up to 34th (3 positions gained).
Radio chatter going to the green: Patrick shows concern because pit road is still wet. Rain is 42 miles out.
Radio chatter going to the green: Tony Eury Jr.: "The storm is coming. There trying to get as much done before the rain comes."
For what it's worth, Mandalay Bay has Danica at 75-1 odds to win today's race.
Radio chatter before the race: "Tony Eury tells Danica to check the position of the pit stall in the opening laps. Eury understands how important it is for a driver to know the location of the pit stall
Radio chatter before the race: "Hey Danica, you got me? It's Landon (Cassill, Hendrick Motorsports development driver). We're going forward from here. I'll be here if you have any questions."
6:05 p.m. ET - The command has been given and engines are fired. As a reminder, Danica is starting 37th today.
Today's Sam's Town 300 is scheduled for 200 laps around Las Vegas Motor Speedway. No drivers are going to the rear of the field at the start of today's race.
Jorge Mondaca: All the rubber has been washed off the track due to the rain. This will certainly impact grip levels early in the race.
5:50 p.m. ET - Drivers have been ordered back to their cars, we should be going racing soon.
5:25 p.m. ET - Dryers have been on track for a while and they are working on a few damp spots around the 1.5-mile circuit.
4:25 p.m. ET - Rain sprinkles forced an early end to practice for the Sprint Cup Series before today's Nationwide Series race and is also delaying the start of today's race. Skies are clearing up and we should be going racing shortly.
Danica Patrick did not have a good qualifying session today and as a result will start 37th. Up front, Brad Keselowski won the pole, edging out Kevin Harvick for the honors today. ( Starting lineup )