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Danica PatrickDanica Patrick, left, driver of the No. 34 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, talked with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., right, driver of the Best Buy Ford, in the garage during practice on Feb. 17 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. (File photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Most likely to win at Kansas Speedway’s STP 400 Sprint Cup race April 21 are Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, or Greg Biffle, according to some oddsmakers. What chances do the women drivers have this year?
Oddsmakers generally aren’t mentioning women drivers, and it’s probably not a good idea to bet the farm on them. But this year started well for Danica Patrick, who took the pole position at Daytona in February.
Going into last weekend’s race at Texas, Patrick was 26th in the Sprint Cup season leader list. She had led the field during five laps this year. She did well at Martinsville in 12th place, but was 28th last week at Texas.
Competing in the Camping World truck series races, local favorite Jennifer Jo Cobb of Kansas City, Kan., now driving a Chevrolet, No. 10, was toward the back of the field, ranked 25th going into last week’s race.
Having picked up some local sponsors, Cobb is planning to compete in Saturday’s Camping World truck series race.
The Kansas Speedway preliminary schedule:
Qualifying for Sprint Cup: 3:40 p.m. Friday, April 19.
Qualifying for Camping World truck series: 10:05 a.m. Saturday, April 20.
SFP 250 Camping World truck series race: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
Blackberry Smoke pre-race concert: 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 21.
STP 400 Sprint Cup race: noon Sunday, April 21.
For any changes in the schedule, check the Kansas Speedway website at www.kansasspeedway.com.