Danica’s old ride

For the first four races of 2013, Danica Patrick has raced in 3 new and 1 almost new car.

But for Martinsville, she’s getting a four year old car, while teammate/boss Tony Stewart is getting a car built last year and other teammate Ryan Newman is getting a brand new car.

In fact, the car that Danica is driving on Sunday was last on the track in November 2010, more than 2 years ago.

Methinks someone at Stewart Haas has low expectations for Danica at Martinsville.

Full chassis rundown from Jayski.com:

Chassis No. 10-535: This car (formally No. 14-535) debuted in April 2009 with Tony Stewart at the wheel at Phoenix International Raceway, where Stewart used it to qualify sixth and lead once for 19 laps before finishing second. The last outing for Chassis No. 10-535 was in November 2010, when Stewart started 20th and finished 17th at Phoenix. The car was on standby for the No. 14 team throughout many race weekends in 2011 and 2012 but was never pressed into service. Since the end of the 2012 season, it was updated to the sixth-generation (Gen-6) Chevrolet SS configuration and transferred to the No. 10 GoDaddy.com team of Danica Patrick and crew chief Tony Gibson.

Week 7 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Martinsville

Week 7 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Martinsville
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   67 3 2 1st Jimmie Johnson
2 Jimmie Johnson   65  (-2) 3 1 2nd Brad Keselowski  (-2)
3 Kasey Kahne   60  (-7) 2 0 3rd Clint Bowyer  (-26)
4 Clint Bowyer (+1) 56  (-11) 2 1 4th Kasey Kahne  (-29)
5 Denny Hamlin (-2)   48  (-19) 4 1 5th Denny Hamlin (-49)
6 Jeff Gordon (+1) 47 (-20) 1 0 6th Jeff Gordon  (-54)
7 Martin Truex Jr. (-1)   46  (-21) 0 0 7th Martin Truex Jr.  (-63)
8 Matt Kenseth   44  (-23) 2 2 8th Matt Kenseth (-65)
9 Tony Stewart   39  (-28) 3 0 9th Greg Biffle  (-69)
10 Greg Biffle   38  (-29) 1 1 10th Tony Stewart (-71)
11 Kevin Harvick   32  (-35) 0 0 11th Kevin Harvick  (-88)
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   27  (-40) 1 0 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-140)