On Sunday, July 22, 2012, the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced in the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. This weekend, it was just the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series racing at Chicagoland. The Sprint Cup Series drivers had a break for the weekend. Despite suffering from a stomach virus, it was Elliott Sadler that took the checkered flag. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had been dominating most of the race, but Sadler used multiple cautions to his advantage and was able to take control for the last few laps to get his third victory of the season. Not only did he snag the victory, he also snagged $100,000 in the Dash 4 Cash competition.
Danica Patrick, who is originally from Roscoe, Illinois, had been optimistic heading into the race. She had a small group of hometown fans in attendance at the race. Although Patrick did manage to finish the race, she did not do as well as she had hoped. The driver started in 13th but finished in 14th. Her car was too loose for her driving style and she was just not able to make anything good happen.
The standings are pretty much the same as before the race. Elliott Sadler is still in first place by 11 points. Rookie Austin Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, is still in second place. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 19 points behind Sadler and is in third place. The points margin begins to widen with fourth place Sam Hornish Jr. behind by 42 points. Rounding out the top five is Justin Allgaier, who is 78 points behind Sadler. No other drivers are within 100 points of Sadler at this point.
I really can't imagine wanting to get out of bed, let alone drive in a lengthy race, while sick with a stomach virus. To go on to win that race while sick with a stomach virus is almost incomprehensible. That shows a lot of dedication. It is too bad that Patrick is not able to combine a clean run with a top performance. She has shown that she can run at the top, but she is never able to finish when she does. She has shown that she can finish races, but she never finishes in the top when she does. It must be disappointing for her fans but I am sure that in one of these races she will manage to put the two together.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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