Patrick not hurt after hard hit at Phoenix

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm •  Published: March 3, 2013

Patrick became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole and lead green-flag laps at the Daytona 500 last week, sending her popularity into a new realm. She struggled with her car in qualifying at Phoenix, starting 40th, and had to make some major adjustments during the race after reporting vibrations in the rear near the midpoint.

"For me, it sucks to lose the points," she said. "Everybody works hard and after last weekend, we just wanted to get these three races to get some solid points to re-establish the garage area. We're parked in the dirt this weekend, so I really wanted my guys to get into the garage area. We'll just have to get it at Vegas."

With not enough stalls at Phoenix, rookie Patrick's team had to work outside the garage area.