No, Danica Patrick didn't finish on the lead lap, but her 24th place finish in Friday night's Nationwide race at Chicagoland wasn't a total failure by any means.
Patrick was able to stay out of trouble -- a big achievement given how the first four races went -- and did seem to get more comfortable as the race went on. It wasn't a giant step -- no matter what anyone else says -- but it was certainly a move forward.
However, Patrick's sponsor GoDaddy.com lost the web host sponsor battle. Joe Nemechek recently picked up a five race deal from HostGator.com, who promised that anyone that switched from GoDaddy to HostGator on Friday would get a year's worth of web hosting for free if Nemechek beat Patrick Friday night. Nemechek finished 15th.