It's mostly been rough sledding for
But this Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama offers Patrick a strong opportunity to make history as the first woman to win a Cup event.
The result is that the cars race in closely bunched packs, making it possible for nearly any driver to take the checkered flag, especially if they couple up with a drafting partner that gives them a helpful push to the finish.
That's what happened in the May race at the 2.66-mile Talladega track, where
Patrick, a former IndyCar racer, also has shown a knack for restrictor-plate racing. She won the pole for the season-opening
Patrick otherwise has struggled to finish in the top 20 each week in her No. 10 Chevrolet, and she's 28th in the series standings.
Of course, Talladega also is known for multi-car wrecks with the cars running so close together, and Patrick finished 33rd in the May race after being collected in a late accident.
Still, "it's a toss-up what's going to happen" at Talladega, Patrick said in notes released by her