|Danica Patrick fared well at Daytona this season|
Patrick, 28th in the Sprint Cup standings in her rookie season, enjoyed her best race of the year in the season-opener at Daytona, where she became the first woman ever to win a pole for a Cup race and then finished eighth in the Daytona 500.
Talladega, the only other high-banked superspeedway where teams must use restrictor plates to reduce horsepower, requires similar tactics with drivers needing to negotiate the draft — often thanks to the help of others — to get to the front.
Two of Patrick’s four best finishes this year have come on restrictor-plate tracks. She crashed at Talladega in May but then finished 14th at Daytona in July.
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